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Goalie Mike Smith to represent Coyotes at 2017 NHL All-Star Game

Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, right, makes a save on a redirect from Calgary Flames left wing Matthew Tkachuk (19) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

It was announced on Tuesday that Coyotes goalie Mike Smith will represent the team at this year’s NHL All-Star Game, which will take place at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 29.

This is the first All-Star nod for Smith, who at 34 is posting one of the better seasons of his career. The sixth-year Coyote has just seven wins to go along with 11 losses and 5 overtime losses, but has a GAA of 2.83 and a save percentage of .918, which is tied for fifth-best in the Western Conference among goalies who have appeared in at least 24 games.

With his being named an All-Star, Smith becomes the 43rd All-Star in franchise history and third different goaltender to be honored, joining Nikolai Khabibulin (1998, 1999) and Sean Burke (2001, 2002).

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