2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend

Los Angeles will play host to the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend which is touted to be a celebrity-studded event at the LA Kings’ Staples Center from January 28-29 with festivities starting as early as January 27th.

On Friday, John Hamm will host the unveiling of the 100 greatest NHL players at the Microsoft Theatre at 6:30pm.

All-Star events kick off with the Skills Competition on Saturday, January 28th at 7pm, at the Staples Center.   All-Star players will test their skills in competitions against each other in the Fastest Skater, Breakaway Challenge (including a celebrity Breakaway Challenge), Accuracy Shooting, Relay Challenge, Hardest Shot and Shootout.

The main event will be held on Sunday, January 29th starting at 12:30 pm. The Game(s), like last year, will feature a 3-3 tournament of 20-minute games (two 10-minute halves) played between the four division rivals to determine who represents their Conference in the East vs. West final showdown on Sunday night. The Eastern Conference division winners between the Atlantic vs. Metropolitan Divisions will face off against the Western Conference winner between the Pacific vs. Central Divisions.

The All-Star rosters feature a wealth of young and old talent, including veterens Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Alexander Ovechkin and new-comers Auston Matthews, Conor McDavid and Patrik Laine who will be making their first All-Star appearance  (though Laine has been out of the lineup since January 7th after suffering a concussion. There is no word yet on his replacement or if he will need one).

NHL brass took pains to ensure that fans didn’t have the last vote on this year’s rosters. Still, with sway over who would be captain of each division, fans kept voting safe with Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers leading the Pacific Division, Sidney Crosby, captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, will head up the Metropolitan, P.K. Subban  of the Nashville Predators will lead the Central Division (though he has only recently been re-activated after being on injured reserve since January 1st and will play his first game on Friday against the Oilers), and goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens will lead the Atlantic Division.

Here are the official 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Rosters:

Atlantic Division

F   Nikita Kucherov (TBL)

F   Brad Marchand (BOS)

F   Auston Matthews (TOR)

F   Frans Nielsen (DET)

F   Kyle Okposo (BUF)

F   Vincent Trocheck (FLA)

D   Victor Hedman (TBL)

D   Erik Karlsson (OTT)

D   Shea Weber (MTL)

G   Carey Price (MTL)

G   Tuukka Rask (BOS)


Central Division

F   Patrick Kane (CHI)

F   Patrik Laine (WPG)

F   Nathan MacKinnon (COL)

F   Tyler Seguin (DAL)

F   Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)

F   Jonathan Toews (CHI)

D   Duncan Keith (CHI)

D   P.K. Subban (NSH)

D   Ryan Suter (MIN)

G   Corey Crawford (CHI)

G   Devan Dubnyk (MIN)


Metropolitan Division

F   Sidney Crosby (PIT)

F   Taylor Hall (NJD)

F   Evgeni Malkin (PIT)

F   Alex Ovechkin (WSH)

F   Wayne Simmonds (PHI)

F   John Tavares (NYI)

D   Justin Faulk (CAR)

D   Seth Jones (CBJ)

D   Ryan McDonagh (NYR)

G   Sergei Bobrovsky (CBJ)

G   Braden Holtby (WSH)


Pacific Division


F   Jeff Carter (LAK)

F   Johnny Gaudreau (CGY)

F   Bo Horvat (VAN)

F   Ryan Kesler (ANA)

F   Connor McDavid (EDM)

F   Joe Pavelski (SJS)

D   Brent Burns (SJS)

D   Drew Doughty (LAK)

D   Cam Fowler (ANA)

G   Martin Jones (SJS)

G   Mike Smith (ARI)

2017 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend tickets are available here.

2017 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition tickets are available here.

2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game tickets are available here.