Capitals have 3 on All-Star squad


LANDOVER -- The Washington Capitals will have three players -- the most since 1985 -- on the Wales Conference team in the 43rd NHL All-Star Game Jan. 18 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.

Defenseman Kevin Hatcher, who will be making his third consecutive All-Star appearance, will be joined by left wing Randy Burridge and goalie Don Beaupre.

The past two years Washington has had only Hatcher in the game. In 1985 the Capitals had four players on the team: defensemen Scott Stevens and Rod Langway, center Bobby Carpenter and right wing Mike Gartner.

All three Washington All-Stars were selected by a special committee made up of Mike Keenan, Chicago Blackhawks, Rogie Vachon, Los Angeles Kings, Harry Sinden, Boston Bruins and Craig Patrick, Pittsburgh Penguins. The starters are chosen by fan vote.

Hatcher, Burridge and Beaupre have contributed greatly to the Capitals' success this season. Hatcher, a solid defenseman, has also contributed 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) to the offense and is a plus-12.

Burridge, acquired last summer from Boston in a trade for Steve Leach, leads Washington in scoring with 50 points (15 goals, 35 assists) and is a plus-12. This will be Burridge's first All-Star Game.

Beaupre, one of the top goaltenders in the NHL with a 2.88 goals-against average, will be making his second appearance in the All-Star Game. He represented the Minnesota North Stars in 1981.

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