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Messier, 43, becomes third-oldest All-Star

Rangers captain Mark Messier was added to the East All-Star team Thursday, four days after his 43rd birthday.

On the other side of the ice he'll see Columbus' Rich Nash, making his All-Star debut at 19.

Messier will be the third-oldest All-Star when he suits up Feb. 8 in St. Paul, Minn. Nash, the league's goal leader, will be the first teenage All-Star since Jaromir Jagr and Owen Nolan in 1992.

Nash will be 19 years, 237 days on game day, making him the youngest All-Star since Wendel Clark, who was 135 days younger for the 1986 game.

Gordie Howe, who was 51 when he represented Hartford in 1980, and St. Louis defenseman Doug Harvey, 44 in 1969, were older All-Stars than Messier. He will be the fifth to play at least 15 games.

Five East teammates, Florida goalie Roberto Luongo; defensemen Adrian Aucoin of the Islanders, Nick Boynton of Boston, and Montreal's Sheldon Souray, and Washington forward Robert Lang, were chosen to their first All-Star Game.

The third goalie, playing behind New Jersey starter Martin Brodeur, is Montreal's Jose Theodore.

For the West, goalie Dwayne Roloson _ fourth in the league in goals-against average and save percentage _ and defenseman Filip Kuba will be making their debuts while representing the host Wild.

They will be joined by All-Star rookies, goalie Tomas Vokoun and defenseman Kimmo Timonen of Nashville; forwards Pavel Datsyuk of Detroit, Shane Doan of Phoenix, Patrick Marleau of San Jose, and Alex Tanguay of the Colorado Avalanche.

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