Sakic, Shanahan named NHL all-star captains

Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche and Brendan Shanahan of the New York Rangers were named the captains for next Wednesday's NHL all-star game at Dallas.

Joe Sakic of the Colorado Avalanche and Brendan Shanahan of the New York Rangers will be the captains in the NHL all-star game Wednesday night in Dallas.

Sakic, the Western Conferencecaptain, will be playing in his 12th all-star game and his fourth as a starter.

He was themost valuable player inthe 2004 all-star game, the last one held because of the lockout in 2005 andthe Olympic break last year.

Shanahan, the Eastern Conferencecaptain, is an all-star for the eighth time.

At 37, he's the oldest player oneither squad.

The all-star break begins Sunday.

The all-stars will practise in Dallas on Monday night.

The YoungStars game and skills competition will be held Tuesday night.