The National Hockey League has officially finalized its four divisional teams that will compete at the upcoming All-Star Weekend this February in Vegas.
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 on February 4, at 6:30 PM central time at T-Mobile Arena, while the All-Star Skills Competition will occur the following afternoon at 2:00 PM.
Each All-Star team will feature nine skaters and two goalies in the first All-Star Weekend since the 2019-20 season. The league previously announced the captain and 10 of the players for each team, with the final player for each team having just been selected by way of an online fan vote. The ‘Last Men In’ voting closed at 11:00 PM on Monday via NHL.com/vote and four new players were selected to participate in the annual event.
Joining the Atlantic Division’s squad will be Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos (46 points in 39 games). Nazem Kadri (49 points in 33 games for Colorado) will be the newest Central Division representative. Anaheim’s Troy Terry (38 points in 36 games) will join the Pacific Division, while Jake Guentzel (38 points in 32 games) will be added to the Metropolitan Division’s roster, in replacement of New York’s Mika Zibanejad, who is no longer able to attend.
Making up the 40 chosen players are 21 first-time all-stars, while veteran sniper Alexander Ovechkin will participate in his league-leading eighth event. Steven Stamkos will be suiting up in his seventh 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. Those missing in action include forwards Sidney Crosby, Artemi Panarin, Brad Marchand, William Nylander, Vladimir Tarasenko, Anze Kopitar and Matt Duchene, as well as defencemen Morgan Rielly and Aaron Ekblad.
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)*
- F Jake Guentzel, PIT (1st)
- 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)
- F Steven Stamkos, TB (7th)
- 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 Nazem Kadri, COL (1st)
- 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 Troy Terry, ANA (1st)
- 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
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