NORSTROM TO ENTER NHL'S CHINA SHOP.Byline: KEVIN MODESTI
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Which could be a problem for Mattias Norstrom.
If the Swedish-born Kings defenseman has a spectacular skill to display, it's not his wrist shot wrist shot
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Unfortunately, bruising body blows are something of an All-Star taboo, and they certainly weren't part of the Saturday-night skills competition. So, what's a defensive defenseman to do?
``That's the question That's the Question is an American quiz game show on GSN, hosted by game show veteran and former Entertainment Tonight reporter, Bob Goen, which premiered in October 2006. I had, too,'' Norstrom said with a laugh the other night at the Forum as he prepared to join Kings teammates Rob Blake For other persons of the same name, see Robert Blake.
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But if Norstrom, 27, feels undeserving of his first All-Star trip, he shouldn't.
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What his dull numbers - the three assists to go with the one goal scored in an early-season tie with Colorado - don't show is that Norstrom is the workhorse of the Kings defense, a well-conditioned, 6-foot-2, 201-pound presence who rarely makes mistakes.
When Blake won the Norris Trophy last season as the league's outstanding defenseman, some of the credit went to Norstrom, whose reliability allowed his partner to take chances, scoring 23 goals.
And although he'll play along with the joke that he's going to the All-Star Game as unskilled labor, Norstrom is a surprisingly nimble skater for a player his size. Such mobility is something that can't be taught.
Checking, apparently, can be taught. It wasn't part of Norstrom's game when the New York Rangers The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York, New York, U.S.A. They are members of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). brought him to the United States in '93 from the spacious rinks of Stockholm.
``The told me if I was going to play on this team, this was the kind of defenseman we'll need you to be,'' he said. He went to Binghampton of the AHL AHL American Hockey League
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Still, Norstrom never had a chance in New York New York, state, United States
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That was March '96. Norstrom has played in all but 11 Kings games since then, and played for Sweden in the Nagano Olympics.
Even before this season, his NHL totals were just four goals and 40 assists. The All-Star Game? ``I never thought it would happen this year.''
Norstrom expected to spend the All-Star break with his wife, Kristin. Maybe he'd take one of his two Harley Davidsons for a spin on PCH PCH Paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, see there .
What King wouldn't want a break after a half-season in which the injury-wracked team opened 6-17-3, went on a 9-4-0 run to get back in playoff range, then slipped back in the last week?
``One step forward, two steps back,'' Norstrom said wearily. ``I was looking forward to a couple of days with the wife.
``But,'' he added, brightening, ``I'd do this any day.''
The All-Star call didn't come until Wednesday, when the New York Islanders' Kenny Jonsson was injured and Norstrom was picked off the top of the league general managers' list of alternates.
Robitaille, second in the league with 25 goals, also got to Tampa as an alternate, after Detroit's Steve Yzerman broke his nose Thursday night. That gave the Kings three All-Stars, as many as any of the division leaders except Dallas.
Strange. But wonderful for Norstrom, who seems amused by the turn of events.
``I don't really know what's going to happen,'' he said, expecting other players to ``look at me kind of weird'' if he threw a serious shoulder tonight. ``Maybe I'll just skate around out there.''
Or maybe he should throw off his defenseman's shackles and join the dance.
``He may just surprise himself,'' Kings coach Larry Robinson said. ``Maybe he'll come back as a goal scorer.''
PHOTO MATTIAS NORSTROM
The Kings defenseman doesn't have the big numbers, but his big hits have landed him in Tampa.