http://www.canoe.com/Slam040523/col_gross-sun.html A quote from Pat Quinn "We coaches were involved in the original team selection in February. Rick Nash was on the list then. Then, the night before the official team announcement, we were told who had been selected." It appears that the GM's Gretzky, Lowe, Tambellini, and Nill got together with the coaches (Quinn, Hitchcock, Martin, and Fleming) at the all-star game in February and put together an initial list of 40-45 players. The list was then cut into the final roster by the GM's with no input from the coaching staff.