NHL Notebook: Alfredsson, Chara All-Star captains
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Daniel Alfredsson of the host Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins' Zdeno Chara will serve as captains for the NHL All-Star Game.
Picked by their fellow All-Stars, they will lead the team-selection process at the Jan. 26 draft.
The league said Wednesday that Team Alfredsson will wear white jerseys and red pants, with Team Chara in dark blue jerseys and pants.
Alfredsson is in his 16th NHL season, all with Ottawa. The right winger has been the Senators' captain since 1999-2000, the league's longest active streak. The 39-year-old Swede will make his sixth All-Star appearance at the Jan. 29 game.
In his 14th NHL season, Chara is also making his sixth All-Star appearance. The 34-year-old defenseman from Slovakia spent four seasons with the Senators from 2001-02 through 2005-06.
University of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said the school and the league are discussing bringing the Winter Classic to Michigan Stadium. Brandon said conversations about the annual showcase game outdoors were continuing Wednesday amid reports that the Detroit Red Wings would play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs Jan. 1, 2013, at the Big House, which holds 110,000 on football game days.
The NHL said it had nothing to announce about the 2013 game.
Buffalo, Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia have hosted the event, though the crowd for a Michigan Stadium game would likely be the biggest. Michigan and Michigan State attracted a Guinness World Record 104,173 people for a hockey game Dec. 11, 2010.
St. Louis signed All-Star goaltender Brian Elliott to a two-year, $3.6 million contract extension. The deal announced Wednesday will pay Elliott, 26, $1.7 million next season and $1.9 million in 2013-14. He signed a two-way contract this season and is making $600,000.
Elliott is 15-5-1 with five shutouts, and a 1.68 goals-against average that's second best in the league. He entered training camp battling for a backup job behind Jaroslav Halak , but capitalized on Halak's slow start by winning his first four starts, and the two are splitting playing time.
Elliott and Halak have combined for a 1.98 goals-against average, tied for the best in the NHL.
A Philadelphia judge quadrupled the bail for a New Jersey man charged with brutally assaulting an off-duty police officer and Iraq war veteran in a fight between Flyers and Rangers fans after the Jan. 2 NHL Winter Classic. Dennis Veteri , 32, was held on $400,000 bail Wednesday after a hearing. The Glassboro, N.J., man was arrested in connection with the fight. Police say Veteri was the aggressor and landed the punch that knocked out Woodbridge Township, N.J., police officer Neal Auricchio .
First Published January 19, 2012 12:00 am