Four Philadelphia Flyers were selected to the 2012 NHL All-Star Game on Thursday, when the league announced the final 36 veteran and 12 rookie participants in the competition. Claude Giroux and Kimmo Timonen will represent the Flyers in Ottawa on Jan. 29, and rookies Matt Read and Sean Couturier will join them.
Giroux was a no-doubt selection, given that he is second in the entire NHL with 48 points, trailing only Vancouver's Henrik Sedin. The 24-year old forward has 18 goals and 30 assists in just 37 games, and will appear in his second straight All-Star Game.
Timonen, 36, said earlier this season he would rather have a vacation than participate in the All-Star Game, which he has already done twice before. The defenseman has one goal and 24 assists for 25 points, registering a plus-12 during 41 games played.
Scott Hartnell, who is 18 goals and 19 assists for 37 points, was not selected to the game.
Read and Couturier were two of 12 rookies selected to the game, reaching the league's quota.