Carolina Hurricanes: Every NHL All-Star selection in franchise history

RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 30: Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes and Jeff Skinner #53 of the Carolina Hurricanes prepare for the game in the team Staal locker room prior to the start of the 58th NHL All-Star Game at the RBC Center on January 30, 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - JANUARY 30: Eric Staal #12 of the Carolina Hurricanes and Jeff Skinner #53 of the Carolina Hurricanes prepare for the game in the team Staal locker room prior to the start of the 58th NHL All-Star Game at the RBC Center on January 30, 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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RALEIGH, NC – JANUARY 30: (EDITORS NOTE: A special effects camera filter was used for this image.) Cam Ward
RALEIGH, NC – JANUARY 30: (EDITORS NOTE: A special effects camera filter was used for this image.) Cam Ward /

Cam Ward. 3. player. 109. . Goalie. Years Selected: 2011

Surging Canes goaltender Cam Ward had his peak regular season production between 2008 and 2012. Yet, Ward only received a single nod to an All-Star Team in that four season span. His biggest snub came in 2009, where he posted 39 regular season wins and six shutouts.

After leading the Canes to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2009, Ward should have been a lock for the 2010 All-Star Game, but there was no such thing thanks to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Instead, Ward got to experience the same unique honor that Skinner did in 2011, representing his team as an All-Star in his home arena. Ward, Skinner, and Staal were the last All-Stars for the Canes until the 2015 game.

The 2013 partial NHL lockout and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics pushed aside two straight All-Star Games. However, the Canes did have a rookie taking part in the event in 2012, so the team was not held completely out of the All-Star Weekend activities for three years straight.