Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos will be on his own, so to speak, at this year's NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa on Jan. 29.
Stamkos, the league's leading scorer, was chosen as the lone Lightning player on Thursday as one of the 36 players named to participate in All-Star weekend.
This is the second consecutive season in which Stamkos has been named to the All-Star team and the third time in four seasons he will participate in All-Star weekend. The 21-year-old participated in the YoungStars game in 2009 while there was no All-Star Game in 2010 due to the league's participation in the Winter Olympics.
"It's an honor," Stamkos said before Thursday's game. "Last year was an unbelievable experience being my first All-Star game, and then the experience in Montreal (2009) being a rookie there. Now this being the second one, it's just as special. It's nice to go there once but you want to go there every single year, and I'm really looking forward to it."
Stamkos entered Thursday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes leading the league with 29 goals – five more than New York Rangers' winger Marian Gaborik – and is tied for fourth overall with 47 points.
Stamkos has scored goals in six of the past seven games, including a hat trick against Carolina on New Year's Eve, to race into the lead in goals.
This is the first time since the 2001-02 All-Star Game in which the Lightning will not have at least two players participating in the event (Nikolai Khabibulin). It will also be the first time since then that neither Marty St. Louis (alternate captain last season) nor Vinny Lecavalier (captain in 2008) were named to the All-Star Game.
Fan votes determined the top six players – three forwards, two defenseman and one goaltender – while the league's hockey operations decided the remaining 36 players along with 12 rookies.
The top six were Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson, who led all vote-getters, and forwards Daniel Alfredsson, Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza, along with Toronto defenseman Dion Phaneuf and Boston goalie Tim Thomas.
After captains and alternate captains are named, the rosters will be picked at the 2012 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft on Jan. 26.
Here are the 36 additional All-Stars and 12 rookies who will participate in All-Star weekend:
Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins
Jason Pominville, Buffalo Sabres
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
John Tavares, New York Islanders
Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs
Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers
Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
Dan Girardi, New York Rangers
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers
Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes
Alex Edler, Vancouver Canucks
Dennis Wideman, Washington Capitals
Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues
Luke Adam, Buffalo Sabres
Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers
Craig Smith, Nashville Predators
Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils
Adam Larsson, New Jersey Devils
Colin Greening, Ottawa Senators
Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers
Matt Read, Philadelphia Flyers
Cody Hodgson, Vancouver Canucks