Washington Capitals defenseman Al Iafrate was added to the NHL Eastern Conference All-Star team yesterday. It will be Iafrate's fourth All-Star appearance and the news of his inclusion brought a smile.
"You know, I haven't had my best year," Iafrate said, an ice pack on his sprained right knee. "All the other years I was an All-Star, I played good. But there was a year or two, one in Toronto and the year I came here, I could have been picked and wasn't. So it all evens out. [Montreal and Eastern Conference All-Star coach] Jacques Demers probably had something to do with picking me, so I guess all the times I went to his restaurant when he was coaching in Detroit must have paid off."