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Aho, Andersen will play for Brind’Amour in NHL All-Star Game; will Svechnikov join them?

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Carolina Hurricanes’ Sebastian Aho (20) and Arizona Coyotes’ Phil Kessel (81) tussle during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

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Sebastian Aho and Frederik Andersen will each make their second NHL All-Star appearances, joining Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour representing the Metropolitan Division in Las Vegas next month, the NHL announced Thursday, and Andrei Svechnikov could yet join them.

Svechnikov is the Hurricanes’ nominee for the NHL’s “Last Men In” fan vote contest, which will add one player from each division. It would be his first All-Star appearance.

Aho, an All-Star in 2019, was second in the division in scoring with 37 points, behind the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin, going into Thursday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Andersen represented the Atlantic Division in 2020 while with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Andersen is the third Hurricanes goalie to be selected for the All-Star Game, joining Cam Ward (1999) and Arturs Irbe (2000). Only Eric Staal (four) and Justin Faulk (three) have selected more often than Aho since the team moved to North Carolina. Sami Kapanen also made two appearances.

As coach of the team with the highest points percentage in the division, Brind’Amour on Wednesday was named as coach of the Metro team for the 3-on-3 tournament at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on Feb. 5.

They’ll get a chance to play with former Hurricanes prospect Adam Fox on the Metro division team. Fox won the Norris Trophy with the New York Rangers last season.

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