2020 NHL All-Star Weekend

2020 NHL All-Star Weekend

As the league enters the regular season nine-day break, the Boston Bruins are relishing in much needed time off. But for one player and one coach, time away from ice has not come quite yet. Both David Pastrnak and Coach Bruce Cassidy are in St. Louis, MO representing the Black and Gold at this year’s NHL All-Star weekend.

The 23-year-old Czech native will be wearing the “C” for the first time in his second trip to the All-Star.

“It’s pretty heavy. I’ve never had the ‘C” before…it’s heavy, weighing me down in the chair.”

He is expected to participate tonight in the brand-new Shooting Stars competition. The event will feature 10 to 8 NHL players and two women All-Stars who will shoot targets from platforms set in the stands right that sit above the ice. The winner for each competition in the All-Star game will earn $30,000.

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ALL-STAR POWER

Pastrnak currently leads the NHL with 37 goals, and is fourth in the league with 70 points. In last year’s All-Star game Pastrnak won the Accuracy Shooting competition, becoming the first Bruin to win since since Ray Bourque in 2000. The young winger is enjoying one of his hottest seasons, and is perhaps one of the league's most-likable personalities. In an article in The Athletic’s, Fluto Shinzawa writes of Pastrnak’s journey overcoming personal tragedies and growth in the NHL.

For Coach Bruce Cassidy, this will be his first trip to the All-Star game as he was elected the Atlantic Division Head Coach. He joins Todd Reirden (Metro), Craig Berube (Central) and Gerard Gallant (Pacific). Cassidy has led this years' Bruins team to a 29-10-12 record through 51 games, as Boston sits second in the league with 70 points. Goaltender Tuukka Rask was also elected, however has chosen not to compete.

SOME NEW THREADS

As many have already seen, the NHL revealed the game jerseys that were designed to pay homage to the original sweaters of the St. Louis Blues and to transform the city’s acclaimed rhythm and blues history into a tangible form, the 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Game jersey’s striping mimics a musical staff along the front and sleeves of the jersey… the stitching elements are conducted in an eye-catching silver thread, inspired by the iconic Gateway Arch.”

Boston Bruins
(Photo Credits. NHL.com)

NHL 2020 ALL-STAR ROSTER:

Atlantic Division

David Pastrnak, BOS (2nd appearance) — captain

Tyler Bertuzzi, DET (1st)

Anthony Duclair, OTT (1st)

Jack Eichel, BUF (3rd)

Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA (1st)

F Mitchell Marner, TOR (1st)

Brady Tkachuk, OTT (1st)

Victor Hedman, TBL (3rd)

Shea Weber, MTL (7th)

Frederik Andersen, TOR (1st)

Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL (3rd)

Tuukka Rask, BOS, has chosen not to play. F Auston Matthews, TOR, will attend but not participate in on-ice activities because of a wrist condition.

Metropolitan Division

Kris Letang, PIT (6th appearance) — captain

Mathew Barzal, NYI (2nd)

Nico Hischier, NJD (1st)

Travis Konecny, PHI (1st)

T.J. Oshie, WSH (1st)

Chris Kreider, NYR (1st)

John Carlson, WSH (2nd)

Jaccob Slavin, CAR (1st)

Seth Jones, CBJ (3rd)

Braden Holtby, WSH (5th)

Tristan Jarry, PIT (1st)

 Jake Guentzel, PIT, F Kyle Palmieri, NJD, D Dougie Hamilton, CAR, G Joonas Korpisalo, CBJ, and F Artemi Panarin, NYR, were replaced because of injury. F Alex Ovechkin, WSH (captain), has chosen not to play.

Central Division

Nathan MacKinnon, COL (4th appearance) — captain

Patrick Kane, CHI (9th)

Ryan O’Reilly, STL (3rd)

David Perron, STL (1st)

Mark Scheifele, WPG (2nd)

Tyler Seguin, DAL (6th)

Eric Staal, MIN (6th)

Roman Josi, NSH (3rd)

Alex Pietrangelo, STL (2nd)

Jordan Binnington, STL (1st)

Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (2nd)

Pacific Division

Connor McDavid, EDM (4th appearance) — captain

Leon Draisaitl, EDM (2nd)

Tomas Hertl, SJS (1st)

Anze Kopitar, LAK (5th)

Max Pacioretty, VGK (1st)

Elias Pettersson, VAN (2nd)

Matthew Tkachuk, CGY (1st)

Mark Giordano, CGY (3rd)

Quinn Hughes, VAN (1st)

Jacob Markstrom, VAN (1st)

David Rittich, CGY (1st)

Jakob Silfverberg (personal), ANA, F Logan Couture (injury), SJS, and G Darcy Kuemper (injury), ARI, were replaced. G Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK, has chosen not to play.

FOR THE LADIES

For the first time, players from the U.S and Canadian Profession Women’s Hockey Players Association will play 3-on-3 and will feature two 10-minute periods:

NWHL All-Star
(Photo Credits: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

ELITE WOMENS AMERICAN TEAM

(Coach: Cammi Granato)

F Alex Carpenter

F Kendall Coyne Schofield

F Brianna Decker

F Amanda Kessel

F Hilary Knight

F Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson

F Annie Pankowski

D Kacey Bellamy

D Lee Stecklein

G Alex Rigsby Cavallini

ELITE WOMENS CANADIAN TEAM

(Coach: Jayna Hefford)

F Meghan Agosta

F Mélodie Daoust

F Rebecca Johnston

F Sarah Nurse

F Marie-Philip Poulin

F Natalie Spooner

F Blayre Turnbull

D Renata Fast

D Laura Fortino

G Ann-Renée Desbiens

WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH: The 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place on Friday, Jan. 24 (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN) and the 2020 NHL All-Star Game will be on Saturday, Jan. 25 (8 p.m. ET, NBC

Featured Image Courtesy of Official Hockey Humour

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Written by Liz Rizzo

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