BOSTON — Boston Bruins center Marc Savard had to wait until he was needed as an injury replacement last winter to earn the first All-Star Game selection of his career.
Today he found out that he won’t have to sweat it out that long as he was named as a reserve for the Eastern Conference team that’ll take the ice at the Bell Centre in Montreal Jan. 25.
“Obviously it’s a special time in Montreal – the 100-year anniversary – it’s going to be fun. And obviously, I’m from up the road in Ottawa so I should have a lot of family and friends on hand,” said Savard just three hours before taking the ice at TD Banknorth Garden for a showdown with Ottawa.
Savard is fourth in the NHL in scoring with 49 points (13 goals, 36 assists), so his selection was more than warranted. And now he’ll get to make his dad extra proud.
“My dad was a Habs fan growing up and being in Ottawa that’s pretty much what we had on all the time. I know it’s special probably for him to come to the game and for me to be there on that note,” Savard said.
While Savard was one of three Bruins selected, his linemate Phil Kessel, who’s among the league leaders with 24 goals, was not tabbed. Kessel can take some consolation that it took Savard more than a decade of NHL service time to get named. And the list released today will probably not be the exact one on hand when the game’s played.
“Kess has had a great start. And obviously I think he’s going to have a chance to play in many more of these,” Savard said. “So that’s what I was told my first little while. So that’s the only good news I could give him. But at the end of the day, there’s always stuff that happens up until then, the way I got into my first one, so you never know.”