Congratulations to Capitals defenseman Mike Green, who was selected as an alternative captain for next week's NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh. Green and fellow alternate captain, Ryan Kessler of the Vancouver Canucks) join the team of Captain Eric Staal from the host Carolina Hurricanes. Chicago's Patrick Kane and Martin St. Louis (Caps fans are all too familiar with this guy) were also tapped as alternates and will join future Hall of Famer Nick Lidstrom's team.
The four Alternate Captains were selected by the NHL and the NHLPA, considering input provided by the NHL All-Stars. The Alternate Captains will help with the team selection process during the new NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco on Jan. 28. These four All-Stars will help their Captains set their team rosters and lineups for the Honda NHL SuperSkills® on Jan. 29 and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Jan. 30.
Green, a two-time member of the NHL’s end-of-season NHL First All-Star Team and a two-time Norris Trophy runner-up, has led NHL defensemen in goals for three years in a row. He has also been tops among NHL defensemen in points for the past two seasons and is one of only two active defensemen with a 70-point season in his career – the other being Lidstrom, the opposing Captain. Green this season ranks fourth in ice time per game among NHL defensemen.
Meanwhile, Green and his team mates are in the legendary hockey town (and Gabby's home town) of Toronto for tonight's bout with the Maple Leafs. The hockey-mad Toronto media have already descended upon the Cap's bench boss and apparently the Crosby concussion-gate topic just won't die.