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Former Bemidji State hockey player Read named to NHL All-Star roster

Philadelphia Flyers' Matt Read (24) celebrates with teammates as he returns to the bench after scoring a second-period goal during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. The Flyers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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