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Tampa Bay Lightning's Marty St. Louis named All-Star alternate captain

The chances of Lightning All-Stars Marty St. Louis and Steven Stamkos playing on the same team took a jump Saturday, when St. Louis was named an alternate captain.

As such, he and fellow alternate Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks will help captain Nicklas Lidstrom of the Red Wings pick their team during the draft of players Friday.

The game is Jan. 30 at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.

"I'm going to push," St. Louis said of drafting Stamkos, who leads the league with 37 goals and has been St. Louis' linemate for most of the past two seasons.

"It's going to be a fun thing. I don't think it's going to be anything too serious. I'll try to give my two cents, but anyone you pick will be pretty good."

Thirty-six players are in the pool. Unavailable are Carolina's Eric Staal, captain of the opposition, and his alternates, Washington's Mike Green and Vancouver's Ryan Kesler.

But St. Louis, 35, in his sixth All-Star Game, believes he has the plum position with Lidstrom, a six-time Norris Trophy winner and 11-time All-Star.

"To be next to him is an honor," said St. Louis, who like the other alternates was chosen by the NHL and players association. "It is something I can remember when I step away from the game.

"He's the ultimate pro. He's done everything. With his poise and patience, hopefully he can find me and send me away on breakaways."

Tampa Bay Lightning's Marty St. Louis named All-Star alternate captain 01/22/11 [Last modified: Saturday, January 22, 2011 10:20pm]
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