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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SUNRISE, FL – FEBRUARY 2: Sandis Ozolinsh #44 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars looks on against the Western Conference All-Stars during the 53rd NHL All-Star Game at the Office Depot Center on February 2, 2003 in Sunrise, Florida. The West won the game 6-5 in overtime/shootout. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/NHLI)
SUNRISE, FL – FEBRUARY 2: Sandis Ozolinsh #44 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars looks on against the Western Conference All-Stars during the 53rd NHL All-Star Game at the Office Depot Center on February 2, 2003 in Sunrise, Florida. The West won the game 6-5 in overtime/shootout. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/NHLI) /

109. . Defense. Years Selected: 2001. Sandis Ozolinsh. 8. player

From All-Star Games between 1998-2003, former offensive defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh only missed one of six selections. His scoring production, from the blue line, was matched by very few in the league over that span of time.

Interestingly enough, Ozolinsh actually played a professional All-Star Game as recently as 2012, in Latvia, as part of a tournament All-Star Team playing against Team Fedorov (headed up by Sergei Fedorov).

Ozolinsh was extremely close to becoming a two-time All-Star with the Canes, but former general manager Jim Rutherford traded him away to the Florida Panthers 46 games into the season. He actually missed representing the 2002 Eastern Conference Champion Canes by just a few games.

As a career journeyman that suited up for six different teams, Ozolinsh made his mark in numerous regions of North America. Most of his career was spent playing for the San Jose Sharks and Colorado Avalanche (five years each). As a member of the Avs, he won his only Cup in 1996.