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NHL All-Star Weekend: Who Made it, and Who Missed Out

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NHL All-Star Weekend: Who Made it, and Who Missed Out

The National Hockey League has announced the players that will attend the annual all-star weekend this February. With at least one representative from each of the league’s 32 teams, the four NHL divisions will hit the ice in a three-on-three, three-game tournament this February 4, at 6:30 PM central time from Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

The All-Star Skills Competition will occur the following day at 2:00 PM in the afternoon.

Each All-Star team will feature nine skaters and two goalies in the first All-Star Weekend since the 2019-20 season. The league announced the captain and 10 of the players for each team, with the final player being selected by way of an online fan vote. ‘Last Man In’ voting runs through 11:00 PM on Monday via NHL.com/vote.

Making up the 40 chosen players are 18 first-time all-stars, while veteran sniper Alexander Ovechkin will participate in his league-leading eighth event.

Selected as captain of the Metropolitan Division, Ovechkin will be joined by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews (Atlantic Division), Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan McKinnon (Central Division) and Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (Pacific Division) as the other team captains following the All-Star online fan vote.

The host Vegas Golden Knights will see captain Mark Stone and defenceman Alex Pietrangelo serve as representatives, while head coach Peter DeBoer will also be joined by Carolina’s Rod Brind’Amour (Metropolitan), Florida’s Andrew Brunette (Atlantic), and Colorado’s Jared Bednar (Central) on the bench.

Although the fan vote did send at least one team representative to the weekend festivities, a number of stars were left off the official team lists. Four slots remain as the final stages of the Last Man In vote close on Monday.

Those missing in action include forwards Nazem Kadri, Sidney Crosby, Artemi Panarin, Brad Marchand, William Nylander, Vladimir Tarasenko, Anze Kopitar and Matt Duchene, as well as defencemen Morgan Rielly and Aaron Ekblad. Only one player from each division will be added to the roster.

The full All-Star Game rosters are listed below:

Metropolitan Division (All-Star appearances)

  • F Sebastian Aho, CAR (2nd)
  • F Claude Giroux, PHI (7th)
  • F Jack Hughes, NJD (1st)
  • F Chris Kreider, NYR (2nd)
  • F Alex Ovechkin, WSH (8th)*
  • D Adam Fox, NYR (1st)
  • D Adam Pelech, NYI (1st)
  • D Zach Werenski, CBJ (2nd)
  • G Frederik Andersen, CAR (2nd)
  • G Tristan Jarry, PIT (2nd)

Atlantic Division (All-Star appearances)

  • F Drake Batherson, OTT (1st)
  • F Patrice Bergeron, BOS (3rd)
  • F Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA (2nd)
  • F Dylan Larkin, DET (2nd)
  • F Auston Matthews, TOR (4th)*
  • F Nick Suzuki, MTL (1st)
  • D Rasmus Dahlin, BUF (1st)
  • D Victor Hedman, TBL (3rd)
  • G Jack Campbell, TOR (1st)
  • G Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL (4th)

Central Division (All-Star appearances)

  • F Kyle Connor, WPG (1st)
  • F Alex DeBrincat, CHI (1st)
  • F Kirill Kaprizov, MIN (1st)
  • F Clayton Keller, ARI (2nd)
  • F Jordan Kyrou, STL (1st)
  • F Nathan MacKinnon, COL (4th)*
  • F Joe Pavelski, DAL (4th)
  • D Cale Makar, COL (1st)
  • G Juuse Saros, NSH (1st)
  • G Cam Talbot, MIN (1st)

Pacific Division (All-Star appearances)

  • F Leon Draisaitl, EDM (3rd)
  • F Jordan Eberle, SEA (2nd)
  • F Johnny Gaudreau, CGY (6th)
  • F Adrian Kempe, LAK (1st)
  • F Connor McDavid, EDM (5th)*
  • F Timo Meier, SJS (1st)
  • F Mark Stone, VGK (1st)
  • D Alex Pietrangelo, VGK (3rd)
  • G John Gibson, ANA (3rd)
  • G Thatcher Demko, VAN (1st)

* Fan-elected captain

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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