It’s a special Sunday in the National Hockey League, as it’s time for the (somewhat-)annual NHL All-Star Game!
This year’s edition takes place in Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Arena, and pits two arbitrarily selected teams of All-Stars against one another. Tonight’s game is notable for two reasons. First: a bazillion NHL superstars are absent – including Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. Second: two Calgary Flames players are represented at the All-Star Game, and both conveniently on the same team.
The puck drops at 3pm MT and you can catch the game on CBC (with Dave Randorf and Garry Galley on the call).
Team Toews is the de facto Flames side for the event, featuring both Flames captain Mark Giordano and rookie phenom Johnny Gaudreau up front. Giordano is joined on the Toews blueline by perennial Norris contenders Shea Weber, Brent Seabrook and Ryan Suter. Gaudreau is joined on Team Toews by fellow Calder Trophy front-runners Aaron Ekblad and Filip Forsberg.
- G Corey Crawford – Chicago [former Jennings winner]
- G Jaroslav Halak – NY Islanders
- G Roberto Luongo – Florida [former Jennings winner]
- D Aaron Ekblad – Florida
- D Justin Faulk – Carolina
- D Mark Giordano – Calgary
- D Brent Seabrook – Chicago
- D Ryan Suter – Minnesota
- D Shea Weber – Nashville
- C Patrice Bergeron – Boston [2-time former Selke winner]
- C Patrik Elias – New Jersey
- C Filip Forsberg – Nashville
- LW Johnny Gaudreau – Calgary
- C Ryan Getzlaf (A) – Anaheim
- C Tyler Johnson – Tampa Bay
- LW Rick Nash (A) – NY Rangers [former Richard winner]
- C Tyler Seguin – Dallas
- RW Vladimir Tarasenko – St. Louis
- C John Tavares – NY Islanders
- C Jonathan Toews (C) – Chicago [former Conn Smythe and Selke winner]
- RW Jakub Voracek – Philadelphia
Team Foligno, captained by local favourite Nick Foligno, will be cheered by the local fans but jeered by Flames fans. Why? Well, it features several Los Angeles Kings, a Vancouver Canuck and the lone Oiler at this event, The Nuge.
- G Brian Elliott – St. Louis [former Jennings winner]
- G Marc-Andre Fleury – Pittsburgh
- G Carey Price – Montreal
- D Brent Burns – San Jose
- D Dustin Byfuglien – Winnipeg
- D Drew Doughty (A) – Los Angeles
- D Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Arizona
- D Duncan Keith – Chicago [former Norris winner]
- D Kevin Shattenkirk – St. Louis
- LW Nick Foligno (C) – Columbus
- C Zemgus Girgensons – Buffalo
- C Claude Giroux – Philadelphia
- C Ryan Johansen – Columbus
- RW Patrick Kane (A) – Chicago [former Calder and Conn Smythe winner]
- RW Phil Kessel – Toronto [former Masterton winner]
- C Anze Kopitar – Los Angeles
- C Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Edmonton
- LW Alex Ovechkin – Washington [4-time former Richard winner, 3-time former Hart and Ted Lindsay winner, former Calder and Art Ross winner]
- RW Bobby Ryan – Ottawa
- C Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay [2-time former Richard winner]
- RW Radim Vrbata – Vancouver
Don’t forget! Tweet your favourite Johnny Gaudreau moment or memory for your chance to win a free Gaudfather t-shirt from the Nations store! Just use the hashtag #Gaudfather!
We’ll be accepting entries until the end of the All-Star Game!
SUM IT UP
The All-Star Game is nothing of circumstance. It’s an excuse for fun. So have some fun while watching this game and enjoy Mark Giordano and Johnny Gaudreau rubbing elbows with the NHL’s elite and showing themselves, perhaps, to be their equals.
We’re back to serious business on Tuesday night.