The NHL announced the Western Conference reserves for the 2009 All-Star Game on Wednesday and the list included four of the top six scoring defense men in the conference.

Sharks center Joe Thornton and defenseman Dan Boyle were selected and will be playing in the NHL All-Star game Jan. 25 in Montreal.

Center Patrick Marleau as the player with the most points were announced by the Western Conference that he isn't going to the game.

Its human nature that it feels good to be noticed and appreciated, Boyle said, but I've always said that the most important thing is that my own team appreciates me, Boyle commented.

Boyle will be making his first all-star appearance.

Thornton, who will be playing in his sixth NHL All-Star game, liked the idea it was in Montreal because it's closer to his family's home in St. Thomas, Ontario.

You don't have so many long flights and expenses to deal with, Thornton joked, referring to the fact he'll have his usual entourage of family and friends on the scene. They're excited.