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Mike Green Announced As An All-Star

DETROIT – The National Hockey League today announced that Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green has been selected to represent the Atlantic Division at the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game, which will be held on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m. at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.

Green, 32, is in his third season with the Red Wings and his 13th NHL season, currently leading Detroit defenseman with 24 points (4-20-24) in 41 games this season, which also places fourth overall in team scoring and ties for 19th among NHL defensemen. Green leads the Red Wings in average time on ice (22:39) and also places among team leaders with 20 assists (3rd), 13 power-play points (T2nd), 84 shots on goal (6th), 48 hits (5th) and 44 blocked shots (3rd). The 6-foot-1, 207-pound defenseman has produced six multi-point games this season, including the first-ever game at Little Caesars Arena when he became the first Red Wings defenseman to have a four-point game since Nicklas Lidstrom (Dec. 27, 2010 at Colorado) and the first player at any position to have a four-assist game since Niklas Kronwall (Dec. 19, 2007 vs. Los Angeles), with four helpers in Detroit’s 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

This marks Green’s second All-Star selection, as he previously served as an alternate captain for Team Staal during the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. Green was also named an NHL First-Team All-Star in 2009 and 2010 after leading the league’s defensemen in points in back-to-back seasons. A veteran of 762 NHL games since 2005-06, Green has produced 455 points (138-317-455) and 520 penalty minutes for the Washington Capitals (2005-15) and Red Wings. Since his first full NHL season in 2007-08, he ranks sixth among all defensemen in scoring. The Calgary, Alberta, native was also an AHL All-Rookie Team member and Calder Cup champion with the Hershey Bears as a first-year pro in 2005-06, totaling 51 points (12-39-51) and 105 penalty minutes in 68 AHL games from 2005-07. Prior to turning professional, Green logged 172 points (37-135-172) and 324 penalty minutes in 267 games for the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades from 2000-05, where he was a WHL East First-Team All-Star in 2005.

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SnarkinLarkin's avatar

Call me cynical, but after being disappointed that Larkin wasn’t the choice, I thought, “Hey, maybe this will help Green’s trade value at the deadline!”

Posted by SnarkinLarkin on 01/10/18 at 05:11 PM ET

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Posted by SnarkinLarkin on 01/10/18 at 04:11 PM ET

Cha-ching… pick wise…

grin

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 01/10/18 at 05:42 PM ET

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So I guess Green is getting injured soon?

Posted by Primis on 01/10/18 at 06:43 PM ET

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More proof that the all-star game is a joke. I stopped watching it about 18 years ago. Can’t believe people still care. The players don’t. But some suckers still do.

Posted by fatsavage on 01/10/18 at 08:04 PM ET

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Green will show off his elite passing skills,  and fetch a higher return!

#calculated

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/10/18 at 08:40 PM ET

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I’m glad the all-star game weeds out the kind of fans who know little about the game.

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 01/10/18 at 10:54 PM ET

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Remember when there would be all-star teams in which Yzerman, Fedorov, Lidstrom, Shanny, Vladdy would all be legit choices. But we couldn’t have 5 or 6 guys from one team because the NHL needed someone from every franchise? So Phoenix would send Shane Doan and Edmonton would send Jason Arnott while someone like Shanahan would miss.

That’s us now.

Posted by fatsavage on 01/10/18 at 11:52 PM ET

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Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 01/10/18 at 09:54 PM ET

It’s fun and a great marketing opportunity for the league. It helps fans be less homerific. To see all these great players and make memorable moments. Idk, I find joy in things.

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/11/18 at 12:14 AM ET

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Uh…what? He’s had 7 points in the last 2 months/20ish games, and 3 of those came in one game. Meanwhile, Larkin who actually deserves to go and would’ve been fun to watch in the skills competition…oh well, I guess. Don’t understand this.

Posted by Brilith Ruin on 01/11/18 at 01:14 AM ET

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Man, people take this way too serious.

Posted by Steve1306 on 01/11/18 at 09:06 AM ET

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Good for Mike!

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/11/18 at 10:00 AM ET

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I can’t believe how serious some people take this crap.  There are articles out today about “controversial snubs”, and they were talking about it on NBCSN last night before the Hawks game. 

Some of these guys truly don’t want to go (probably most), and they’re going to find a way out one way or another if they can. 

I enjoy watching the game, getting to see the human side of the players and how they interact with each other when the teams are switched up.  Like the Scott/Kane fake fight.  That was funny.  I don’t turn it on to see THE BEST competing against each other.  It’s so subjective…just not going to happen.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/11/18 at 10:40 AM ET

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If the NHL can sell tickets and merchandise, go for it. And televise it. More hockey is better than none, and I am in the States, so it’s not that easy to find.

- Owen Nolan calling his shot on Hasek
- Larkin’s fastest lap
- Lidstrom and Datsyuk getting suspended because they didnt show up. (F U Bettman)
- Brian Elliott being a goof in the shootout challenge
- Gordie’s standing O when the all star game was at the Joe


The players come up with some pretty creative stuff in the shootouts (little kids shooting for their dads, for example). And heck, I have my 02 All Star Hasek jersey. smile

Posted by ilovehomers on 01/11/18 at 10:51 AM ET

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Green gets some national visibility and has an opportunity to boost his trade value, Larkin gets rest, the All-Star game will still be fun to watch because it’s 3v3 with all good offensive players…

Chill out, people!

There will be plenty of years starting with next year for Larkin to beat McDavid in the fastest lap and shut the haters up for good.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 01/11/18 at 01:11 PM ET

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- Owen Nolan calling his shot on Hasek

This might be my favorite All-Star moment of all time.

Posted by Figaro from Los Alamos, NM on 01/11/18 at 05:16 PM ET

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