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LA King’s Visnovsky An NHL All-Star

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky has been
selected to play for the Western Conference All-Star squad at the 2007
NHL All-Star Game in Dallas on Wednesday, January 24, at 5 p.m. PT, the
NHL announced. Kings rookie center Anze Kopitar will also travel
to Dallas to represent the Western Conference in the YoungStars Game,
set for Tuesday, January 23, at 4:30 PT.  Both events are scheduled to
take place at the American Airlines Center.

Visnovsky, 30, will be making his first NHL All-Star Game appearance.
The 5-10, 188-pound native of Topolcany, Slovakia, leads all Kings
defensemen and ranks fourth overall on the club with 36 points
(13-23=36) in 43 games this season.  Visnovsky is also tied for first
place in the Western Conference and second place in the league among NHL
defensemen with 13 goals.  In addition, he leads all NHL blue-liners
with a 12.1 shooting percentage (13 goals with 107 shots on goal this
season).

Said Kings Head Coach Marc Crawford:  "Lubo is the type of player that
can make the difference on a team.  He's obviously very good offensively
and his numbers are terrific.  We're also thrilled that he's continuing
to work on his game in a defensive manner as well.  We're pleased with
his play and we think he's going to be a great player for us hopefully
for a lot of years."

Visnovsky was the first defenseman in Kings history to ever lead his
team in scoring with 67 points (17-50=67) in 80 games during the 2005-06
season.  For his efforts, he was named the club's Most Valuable Player
and Outstanding Defenseman in a vote by the local media.  Visnovsky was
also named the Kings Outstanding Defenseman following the 2003-04
season.

Originally selected by the Kings in the fourth-round (118th overall) in
the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Visnovsky has 216 points (57-159=216) and 166
penalty minutes in 391 career games with the Kings.  His 57 goals put
him in fourth place on the club's career list for goals by a defenseman,
and he ranks fifth best all-time among club defensemen with 216 career
points.

Kopitar, a native of Jesenice, Slovenia, and the first-ever Slovenian to
play in the NHL, leads all NHL rookies with 27 assists this season.  In
addition, his 39 points (12-27=39) in 45 games this season are second
only to Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin, who has 41 points (20-21=40) this
season.  Kopitar also ranks second among all first-year players with 128
shots on goal, with a time-on-ice average of 20:31 and a shifts-per-game
average of 26.7.  The Kings originally selected Kopitar in the
first-round (11th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

LA King’s Visnovsky An NHL All-Star

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