All-Star Game-Day: Team Toews (Giordano, Gaudreau) vs. Team Foligno (3pm MT, CBC)

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

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

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

#GAUDFATHER CONTEST

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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.

  • RexLibris

    Nice sense of humour in Gaudreau.

    Breakaway challenge: Ryan Johansen stole the show by bringing out 7-year-old Cole Vogt, son of Columbus Blue Jackets trainer Mike Vogt, to help him score and by getting teammates to do the Flying V from the “Mighty Ducks” movies. Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers followed that by bringing out 21-year-old Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames to help him.

    “I think that little kid was bigger than him. Let’s be honest,” Voracek said of Gaudreau. “That was the plan. It was funny.”

    http://www.tsn.ca/team-foligno-prevails-at-all-star-skills-competition-1.191155

  • RKD

    Two sharply dressed men, nice to see the Calgary Flames represented at the all star game. Go team Toews! The all-star game should be the outdoor game, just one and done.

  • RKD

    Saw the voracek thing last night. Did Johnny get to participate in the skill contest other than that? Are there video highlights somewhere? Checked the youtube and flames app and flames app only had pictures.

  • beloch

    The most exciting thing about this all-star game was the debut of the new tracking tech. What little we saw looked pretty nice, but I’ll reserve judgement until they start publishing data (probably next season).

    The game itself was basically a shinny match. No hits, no penalties, no icing, maybe a handful of off-side calls. Defenders were backing off and letting the forwards shoot. No standing them up or shot-blocks. Lots of goals. Typical all-star game.

    Perhaps it’s my faulty memory, but this all-star game seemed to be more focused on “fun” than a lot of past all-star games. There was certainly less pretense about this being an actual hockey game. There was a mock scrum at one point that was pretty hilarious. After Team Toews scored the first goal, Toews joked about turtling to protect the lead, which led to similar comments all night from various mic’d players. Carey Price sounded pretty laid back while stopping (or not stopping) shots when it was his turn on the air. I got the feeling that whoever was running the show was trying to make the game fun and relaxing for the players above all else. That’s probably a smart move given how many stars would rather just take the weekend off. There’s basically no risk of injury the way these guys played, which I’m sure the league’s GM’s and coaches appreciate. Was it good hockey? Nope. It was fun though.

    As a guy who has flown under the radar for almost his entire career, I bet this was an awesome weekend for Giordano. The media’s finally discovered that he can play good hockey and put a spotlight on him. I can’t wait for the next time Giordano goes up against Ovechkin. Gaudreau was obviously living his childhood dream. He definitely had less polish on him than most of the players there, but I bet this experience will only make him work harder. As Flames fans, I think we should be pretty happy that Giordano and Gaudreau had a positive experience that will likely just add to their motivation.

  • beloch

    I saw one of his shoot out moves, it wasn’t bad. Maybe I just expect too much from Johnny, because of what I have seen him pull off in real games. In the video he talked about how Gio told him that he should douse his stick in gas and light it on fire for his shoot out attempt, but the league didn’t think it was safe. That would have been outstanding.

  • beloch

    My favorite part from the ASG was Gio being basically to the only d-man playing defense and as a result, he had far and away the best +/- in the game with a +6