Alfredsson honors home teams in NHL All-Star draft

GATINEAU, Quebec — Daniel Alfredsson completed a double sweep, picking all available Ottawa Senators and Swedish-born players in building a roster that will take on Zdeno Chara's team in the NHL All-Star skills competition on Saturday and All-Star game on Sunday.

Chara loved playing in Ottawa, but has grown accustomed to playing the role of villain in Canada's capital since signing with Boston in 2006.

That certainly showed when the Bruins captain's picks were booed by a partisan Senators crowd following the selections of Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul, who play for Ottawa's cross-provincial rival, the Maple Leafs.

Chara won the "puck flip" and opened by taking Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk.

He then turned his attention to the Bruins, showing support in selecting Tim Thomas with his second pick. The goalie created a stir this week by not going to the White House with his teammates, who were honored for winning the Stanley Cup.

The made-for-TV draft marked the second straight year the NHL has had team captains draft players in a bid to generate an additional day's interest in its midseason classic.

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