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Toews, Keith named to All-Star team

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LOS ANGELES -- Hawks center Jonathan Toews and defenseman Duncan Keith were named to the NHL's All-Star team Tuesday.

Toews and Keith were two of six players voted in by fans. Toews was second among forwards with 407,676 votes and Keith was second among defensemen with 303,638.

The other four players voted in by fans were Pittsburgh Penguins: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc Andre-Fleury.

"It's amazing," said Toews, who has 16 goals, 35 points and a plus-8. "I have the fans to thank. ... It's tough to think I would be there otherwise if wasn't for the fan voting.

"I'll try not to disappoint them. It's an honor for me and for anyone to go to the game. I'm not getting carried away with the thought because there are a bunch of guys [in the Hawks locker room] that could be doing that. I enjoyed it last time I got to go. It should be fun this time too."

Keith, the defending Norris Trophy winner, leads the league in ice time. He has a team-high 21 assists, but also has a minus-7 rating.

"When you get voted in, it's really special," Keith said. "You grow up as a kid and you're a fan of the game, you always want to be one of those guys recognized by the fans. ... They're the ones that make it special to play this game. To be voted in by them, it's a huge honor."

The NHL operations department will choose the remaining 36 players for the All-Star game, which is Jan. 30 in Raleigh, N.C.

There have been changes made to the All-Star game format. The most notable is having captains pick their respective teams. The captains will be voted on by all 42 All-Stars.

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Big Buff, 41 points in 42 games, 6 game winning goals, a plus 10...Keith? A distant memory of such performance....maybe 28 points in 41 games, a minus 7...clearly this is a popularity contest and who is on the most tv commercials. Keith is ok, but this year aint quite an All Star Year, I mean look at Buff, dude should be the Starting D for the East. Maybe he will be--point being, little Bowman kept and paid for, the wrong 'character" guys---Davey "the former Rat" Bolland, fat contract Hjammer, and also ran Kopecky......Dunc knows himself, he aint the player he was---not without those character guys they gave up and used to do the hard work before the opposing forward came into his the Duncster has to do it all.

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