NHL Announces 2011-2012 Season's All-Star and All-Rookie Teams

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NHL Announces 2011-2012 Season's All-Star and All-Rookie Teams

The NHL announced the All-Star and All-Rookie teams for the 2011-12 season Wednesday night, and as expected, there are some fresh faces on the lists.

The First All-Star Team features four first-timers, with New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, Pittsburgh Penguins right wing James Neal, New Jersey Devils left wing Ilya Kovalchuk and Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson all making the team.

Joining them on the First team is Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, who was selected to the team for the third time in five years, and Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber, who has now received the honor in each of the last two seasons.

The Second All-Star Team also features four first-timers.

Conn Smythe winner and Stanley Cup champion Jonathan Quick earned a well-deserved Second team selection. As did Rangers right wing Marian Gaborik, Phoenix Coyotes left wing Ray Whitney and St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo all with their inaugural selections.

Joining the first-timers on the Second team are Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos and Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara. Stamkos has earned consecutive Second team honors, while Chara is making his sixth appearance on a postseason All-Star team.

The All-Rookie team is led by 2012 Calder Memorial Trophy winner Gabriel Landeskog, and he's joined by fellow Calder finalists Adam Henrique of the New Jersey Devils and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers.

Rounding out the All-Rookie team is Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth, Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk and Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner.

All voting was done by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

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