Former Bemidji State hockey player Read named to NHL All-Star roster
Former Bemidji State hockey player Matt Read was one of 12 rookies named to the National Hockey League All-Star roster Thursday.
Read will be one of four Philadelphia Flyers represented All-Star weekend in Ottawa. The All-Star Skills competition is Jan. 28 and the game is Jan. 29.
Read currently ranks fourth in rookie scoring with 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points in 38 games played. His 13 goals is tied with Edmonton's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and New Jersey's Adam Henrique for the NHL rookie lead.
"I think there's a lot of things and factors that have contributed to my success so far this season," Read recently told the Pioneer. "Just playing with great players is one of the main reasons. When you're playing with the best players in the world and playing with guys that see the ice, you just work hard and benefit from those guys."
The NHL All-Star teams will be selected Jan. 26 in a draft by captains and alternate captains, which will be named later. There are 48 players on the roster.
Read played at Bemidji State from 2007-11 and was the team captain the final season. He signed a three-year contract with the Flyers after Bemidji State's season ended in 2011.
He played out the final 11 games of the 2011 season with the Flyers American Hockey League affiliate in Adirondack.
Read made Philadelphia's roster out of training camp in the fall and has been used in a variety of situations for the Flyers this season including the power play and the penalty kill units.
Read earned the NHL Third Star of the Week for Nov. 13-21 when he scored seven points in five straight games.
Read's best game of the season came in Ottawa on Oct. 18 when he had a goal and three assists in a four-point game. He also played in the NHL Winter Classic outdoor game in Philadelphia on Jan. 2.
Read holds Bemidji State's Division I-era records for goals (65), points (143) and games played (147).
NHL All-Star Roster
2012 NHL All-Stars Full Roster
By The Associated Press
Jan. 29, At Ottawa
r-Luke Adam, Buffalo Sabres
Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators
Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks
r-Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
r-Colin Greening, Ottawa Senators
r-Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils
r-Cody Hodgson, Vancouver Canucks
Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
r-Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
r-Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Milan Michalek, Ottawa Senators
r-Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Jason Pominville, Buffalo Sabres
r-Matt Read, Philadelphia Flyers
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins
r-Craig Smith, Nashville Predators
Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks<
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets
Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
Alex Edler, Vancouver Canucks
r-Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
Dan Girardi, New York Rangers
Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
r-Adam Larsson, New Jersey Devils
Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs
Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Dennis Wideman, Washington Capitals
Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes
Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins