Former Bemidji State hockey player Matt Read one of 12 rookies named to NHL All-Star roster

Philadelphia Flyers' Matt Read (24) celebrates with teammates as he returns to the bench after scoring a second-period goal during an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011. The Flyers won 4-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Former Bemidji State hockey player Matt Read was one of 12 rookies named to the National Hockey League All-Star roster Thursday.

Read will be one of four Philadelphia Flyers represented All-Star weekend in Ottawa. The All-Star Skills Competition is Jan. 28 and the game is Jan. 29.

Read currently ranks fourth in rookie scoring with 13 goals and 12 assists for 25 points in 38 games played. His 13 goals is tied with Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and New Jersey’s Adam Henrique for the NHL rookie lead.

“I think there’s a lot of things and factors that have contributed to my success so far this season,” Read recently told the Pioneer. “Just playing with great players is one of the main reasons. When you’re playing with the best players in the world and playing with guys that see the ice, you just work hard and benefit from those guys.”

The NHL All-Star teams will be selected Jan. 26 in a draft by captains and alternate captains, which will be named later. There are 48 players on the roster.

Read played at Bemidji State from 2007-11 and was the team captain the final season. He signed a three-year contract with the Flyers after Bemidji State’s season ended in 2011.

He played out the final 11 games of the 2011 season with the Flyers American Hockey League affiliate in Adirondack.

Read made Philadelphia’s roster out of training camp in the fall and has been used in a variety of situations for the Flyers this season including the power play and the penalty kill units.

Read earned the NHL Third Star of the Week for Nov. 13-21 when he scored seven points in five straight games.

Read’s best game of the season came in Ottawa on Oct. 18 when he had a goal and three assists in a four-point game. He also played in the NHL Winter Classic outdoor game in Philadelphia on Jan. 2.

Read holds Bemidji State’s Division I-era records for goals (65), points (143) and games played (147).

View the complete NHL All-Star roster here.

Video: Read scores against Ottawa


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