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It’s that time of year again, the 2020 NHL All-Star Game is set to be hosted in St Louis on January 25th. The league announced the 37 players that have made it onto the rosters on Monday.

Adidas have held a fan vote to find the captain’s that will be representing their divisions in the 2020 All-Star Game.

Captains

Atlantic- David Pastrnak
Metropolitan- (Undecided)
Central- Nathan MacKinnon
Pacific- Connor McDavid

Ovechkin confirming he will skip this year’s All Star Game


Alexander Ovechkin was set to be captain for the Metropolitan Division however, he disclosed on Friday that he will be skipping the 2020 NHL All-Star Game and its weekend of events. He stated the reason as having to “listen to my body” and “to get ready for the second half of the year.” Per NHL rules, the Washington Capitals 12-time All-Star will be suspended one game for opting out. 

The Rosters

Atlantic Division Captain David Pastrnak.

Atlantic Division

Boston Bruins F David Pastrnak

Boston Bruins G Tuukka Rask

Buffalo Sabres F Jack Eichel

Detroit Red Wings F Tyler Bertuzzi

Florida Panthers F Jonathan Huberdeau

Montreal Canadiens D Shea Weber

Ottawa Senators F Anthony Duclair

Tampa Bay Lightning D Victor Hedman

Toronto Maple Leafs G Frederik Andersen

Toronto Maple Leafs F Auston Matthews

Central Division Captain Nathan MacKinnon.

Central Division

Chicago Blackhawks F Patrick Kane

Colorado Avalanche F Nathan MacKinnon

Dallas Stars F Tyler Seguin

Minnesota Wild F Eric Staal

Nashville Predators D Roman Josi

St. Louis Blues F Ryan O’Reilly

St. Louis Blues G Jordan Binnington

St. Louis Blues D Alex Pietrangelo

Winnipeg Jets G Connor Hellebuyck

Winnipeg Jets F Mark Scheifele

Alexander Ovechkin was named Metropolitan Division Captain for the NHL All-star Game but has decided not play to rest and prepare for the second half of the season.
Alexander Ovechkin was named Metropolitan Division Captain but has decided not play to rest and prepare for the second half of the season.

Metropolitan Division

Carolina Hurricanes D Dougie Hamilton

Columbus Blue Jackets D Seth Jones

Columbus Blue Jackets G Joonas Korpisalo

New Jersey Devils F Kyle Palmieri

New York Islanders F Mathew Barzal

New York Rangers F Artemi Panarin

Philadelphia Flyers F Travis Konecny

Pittsburgh Penguins F Jake Guentzel

Washington Capitals D John Carlson

Washington Capitals G Braden Holtby

2020 NHL All-star Game Pacific Division Captain Connor Mcdavid
Pacific Division Captain Connor Mcdavid.

Pacific Division

Anaheim Ducks F Jakob Silfverberg

Arizona Coyotes G Darcy Kuemper

Calgary Flames F Matthew Tkachuk

Calgary Flames D Mark Giordano

Edmonton Oilers F Connor McDavid

Edmonton Oilers F Leon Draisaitl

Los Angeles Kings F Anze Kopitar

San Jose Sharks F Logan Couture

Vancouver Canucks F Elias Pettersson

Vegas Golden Knicks G Marc-Andre Fleury

Rosters provided by NHL.com

2020 NHL All-star Game Fan Vote

Adidas held a fan vote for the 2020 NHL All-star Game.

The NHL revealed information on how to participate in the Last Men In vote beginning on Thursday:

Three st.louis players Alex Pietrangelo, Ryan O'Reilly and Jordan Binnington all to play the 2020 NHL All-star Game.
Alex Pietrangelo, Ryan O’Reilly And Jordan Binnington all to represent the defending Stanley Cup Champions in the All-star Game.

As the roster stands now, the defending champion St. Louis Blues have the most All-Stars with three. It marks the first All-Star nod for goaltender Jordan Binnington, the second for center Ryan O’Reilly—who won last year’s Conn Smythe Trophy and Frank J. Selke Trophy winner—and the third for defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.

Seven squads (Blue Jackets, Bruins, Capitals, Flames, Jets, Leafs, Oilers) sport two All-Stars.

Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby to miss the 2020 NHL All-star Game after surgery for a sports hernia
Sidney Crosby will miss the 2020 All-star Game due to surgery to cure a sports hernia.

Perhaps the most notable omission is Penguins center Sidney Crosby. The 32-year-old three-time Stanley Cup champion will miss the All-Star Game and has been limited to 17 games this season due to a sports hernia that required surgery and landed him on injured reserve. Crosby was named the 2019 All-Star MVP.

Last year’s All-star game skills contest.

The NHL requires each of the 31 franchises to have at least one representative and has followed a three-on-three tournament format since 2016. There are three 20-minute games between the four divisional teams.

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