National Hockey League All-Star Games
If you are new to the world of hockey or are already a hockey fan that has been living under a rock then the first thing you have to bring yourself up to speed with is the National Hockey League All-Star Games.
When and where are the National Hockey League All-Star Games?
Set for January 28th, the all-star games is in its 63rd running in Tampa Bay. The skill competition is slated for the 27th as is the norm to have them on the eve of the games. The skill competition is also at the Amalie Arena where the games will be held. The games start at the 3:30 pm ET at the lighting home where the games were last held in 1999. The skills competitions start at 7 p.m ET and will serve as a worthy appetizer for the all-star game the next day.
The game roster
The Eastern conference representatives will be determined by the clash between the Atlantic and Metropolitan teams while the Western conference representative will be determined after the Pacific and Central teams face off and a victor emerges. The game format remains the same with two halves, each ten minutes long, determining the winners that will face off for the championship.
Watching the NHL All-Star Game in 2018
CBC and NBC will be airing the games in Canada and the United States respectively. Though the format for the skill competition is yet to be announced, you can watch it from NBC or stream it live.
Repeat stars and notable figures
Some repeat stars that have got fans excited include Brent Burns, Patrick Kane, Brad Marchand and Sidney Crosby. There are also new names that have made it onto the list including Brock Boeser and Canucks Rookie who will not disappoint if their records are anything to go by.
Team Captains and Coaches
Wednesday saw fans vote Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban as captains while the coaches were selected this past Sunday. Jon Cooper will be the coach of Atlantic (lightning), Central will be coached by Peter Laviolette (predators) and Auston Matthews(Toronto Maple Leafs), a Pacific coach will be Gerard Gallant (Golden Knights) while Metropolitan will have Barry Trot as a coach (Capitals).
The date is set, the venue prepped and the roster released, all that stands between us and the National Hockey.