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Whale’s Babstock, Riveters’ Johnston added to NWHL All-Star Game

Two more players have made the 2017 National Women’s Hockey League All-Star Game. After a media selection, Kelly Babstock of the Connecticut Whale and Ashley Johnston of the New York Riveters will make the trip to Pittsburgh next month.

The two will join the four players fans selected earlier this week—Gigi Marvin of the Boston Pride, Harrison Browne of the Buffalo Beauts and Madison Packer and Rebecca Russo of the New York Riveters—as well as All-Star team captains Amanda Kessel of the Riveters and Kelley Steadman of the Beauts.

The Riveters are leading the way with four players already tapped as All-Stars. The Beauts will send two, while the Whale and Pride are only sending one apiece through the first few selection methods. Next, Kessel and Steadman will select another eight players, then the league’s head coaches will complete the rosters.

[More from Excelle Sports: NWHL All-Star Weekend getting closer: Fans’ Four selected]

New York metro-area hockey fans can get an early look at their NWHL All-Stars by heading out to the New Jersey Devil Hockey House in Newark on Saturday. The Riveters will host the undefeated Boston Pride at 6:30 p.m. ET. The last time these two teams faced off on Dec. 4, the Pride managed a 3–2 win in a shoot-out, thanks to Zoe Hickel, to keep their streak alive.

The All-Star teams will have two goalies, four defenders and eight forwards.

The All-Star Game will kick off with a Skills Showdown on Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. ET and the game follows on Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. ET. Both events will take place at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex—the practice facility of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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