2020 National Hockey League All-Star Game

Professional ice hockey exhibition game
2020 NHL All–Star Game
2020 NHL All Star Game Logo.png
Enterprise Center 22, St. Louis
January 25, 2020
Game oneAtlantic 9 – Metropolitan 5
Game twoPacific 10 – Central 5
Game threePacific 5 – Atlantic 4

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The 2020 National Hockey League All-Star Game was held on January 25, 2020, at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri, the home of the St. Louis Blues.[1] The city previously hosted the NHL All-Star Game in 1970 and 1988 at the former St. Louis Arena. For the fifth year, the All-Star Game used a 3-on-3 format, with teams representing each of the league's four divisions competing in a single-elimination tournament.

The Pacific All-Stars won the All-Star Game after defeating the Atlantic All-Stars in the final, 5–4.[2] David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins, representing the Atlantic, was named the Most Valuable Player after recording a total of four goals and two assists over the course of both the Atlantic's 9–5 semifinal win over the Metropolitan team and their loss in the final to the Pacific team.[3]

Skills Competition

External video
2020 All-Star Skills Competition
video icon Full replay (NBCSN's feed) on the NHL's official YouTube channel
video icon Fastest Skater (Sportsnet's feed) on Sportsnet's official YouTube channel
video icon Save Streak (Sportsnet's feed) on Sportsnet's official YouTube channel
video icon Accuracy Shooting (Sportsnet's feed) on Sportsnet's official YouTube channel
video icon Hardest Shot (Sportsnet's feed) on Sportsnet's official YouTube channel
video icon Shooting Stars (Sportsnet's feed) on Sportsnet's official YouTube channel

The NHL All-Star Skills Competition was held on the night before on January 24.[1] The Fastest Skater, Save Streak, Accuracy Shooting, and Hardest Shot events made their return. A new event, the Shooting Stars, also made its debut, featuring players shooting pucks from an elevated 30-foot (9.1 m) platform behind the goal towards targets on the ice.[4]

The winners of the five skills events were:[5]

Elite Women's 3-on-3 game

External video
Elite Women's 3-on-3 game
video icon NBCSN's feed on the NHL's official YouTube channel
video icon Sportsnet's feed on Sportsnet's official YouTube channel

An Elite Women's 3-on-3 game also took place on the night of the Skills Competition, featuring American and Canadian women's all-stars.[6] The game was two 10-minute periods, with a running clock.[4]

The Canadians won, 2–1, off of goals by Rebecca Johnston and Melodie Daoust. Hilary Knight had the lone goal for the Americans. Ann-Renee Desbiens made 15 saves in the win, while Alex Rigsby Cavallini made 14 saves in the loss.[7]

American All-Stars[6]
Canadian All-Stars[6]

Rosters

As in the previous four All-Star Games, captaincy of each division was determined by a fan vote, with the 2020 vote running from November 30 to December 20, 2019.[8] On December 21, the four captains were announced by the NHL. Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers was selected to captain the Pacific Division for the fourth straight year. Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche was selected for the Central Division for the second straight year (MacKinnon was selected but did not play in the 2019 game). First time captain David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins was picked for the Atlantic Division.[9] Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was selected for the Metropolitan Division for the third straight year, but for the second consecutive year he has opted to abstain from the game to rest.[10] Most of the rest of the rosters were announced on December 30. Fans were further invited from January 1 to January 10, 2020 to vote for an additional "Last Man In" player for each division.[11] The "Last Men In" elected were Mitch Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs (Atlantic), T. J. Oshie of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan), David Perron of the St. Louis Blues (Central), and Quinn Hughes of the Vancouver Canucks (Pacific).[12]

On January 3, the head coaches were announced, chosen from the team in each division with the highest points percentage through January 2, roughly the regular season's halfway point: Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins (Atlantic), Todd Reirden of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan), Craig Berube of the St. Louis Blues (Central), and Gerard Gallant of Vegas Golden Knights (Pacific).[13] Since then, the Golden Knights fired Gallant on January 15 following the team's under-performance; the league announced one day later that his replacement in the all-star game would be Rick Tocchet of the Arizona Coyotes, who were first in Pacific on that day.[14]

Honorary captains were also named for each of the four divisions: Actors and St. Louis natives Jon Hamm (Metropolitan) and Jenna Fischer (Atlantic), and former Blues players Brett Hull (Central) and Wayne Gretzky (Pacific).[15]

Referees named to work the All-Star Game were Francois St-Laurent and Justin St. Pierre, and linesman Michel Cormier and Bryan Pancich.

The Anaheim Ducks were not represented by anyone due to Jakob Silfverberg, the Ducks' selection for the game, being excused for the birth of his child.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division[11]
Head coach: Canada Bruce Cassidy, Boston Bruins[13]
Nat. Player Team Pos. #
Czech Republic David Pastrnak (C[9]) Boston Bruins F 88
Canada Tyler Bertuzzi Detroit Red Wings F 59
Canada Anthony Duclair Ottawa Senators F 10
United States Jack Eichel Buffalo Sabres F 9
Canada Jonathan Huberdeau Florida Panthers F 11
Canada Mitch Marner~ Toronto Maple Leafs F 16
United States Brady Tkachuk Ottawa Senators F 7
Sweden Victor Hedman Tampa Bay Lightning D 77
Canada Shea Weber Montreal Canadiens D 6
Denmark Frederik Andersen Toronto Maple Leafs G 31
Russia Andrei Vasilevskiy Tampa Bay Lightning G 88
  • ~ Voted "Last Man In".
  • Replaced Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) due to injury (still attended All-Star weekend).
  • Replaced Tuukka Rask (Boston Bruins), who opted to abstain from the game to rest.
Metropolitan Division[11]
Head coach: United States Todd Reirden, Washington Capitals[13]
Nat. Player Team Pos. #
Canada Kris Letang† (C[16]) Pittsburgh Penguins D 58
Canada Mathew Barzal New York Islanders F 13
Switzerland Nico Hischier New Jersey Devils F 13
Canada Travis Konecny Philadelphia Flyers F 11
United States Chris Kreider* New York Rangers F 20
United States T. J. Oshie~ Washington Capitals F 77
United States John Carlson Washington Capitals D 74
United States Seth Jones Columbus Blue Jackets D 3
United States Jaccob Slavin^ Carolina Hurricanes D 74
Canada Braden Holtby Washington Capitals G 70
Canada Tristan Jarry# Pittsburgh Penguins G 35

Western Conference

Central Division[11]
Head coach: Canada Craig Berube, St. Louis Blues[13]
Nat. Player Team Pos. #
Canada Nathan MacKinnon (C[9]) Colorado Avalanche F 29
United States Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks F 88
Canada Ryan O'Reilly St. Louis Blues F 90
Canada David Perron~ St. Louis Blues F 57
Canada Mark Scheifele Winnipeg Jets F 55
Canada Tyler Seguin Dallas Stars F 91
Canada Eric Staal Minnesota Wild F 12
Switzerland Roman Josi Nashville Predators D 59
Canada Alex Pietrangelo St. Louis Blues D 27
Canada Jordan Binnington St. Louis Blues G 50
United States Connor Hellebuyck Winnipeg Jets G 37
  • ~ Voted "Last Man In".
Pacific Division[11]
Head coach: Canada Rick Tocchet, Arizona Coyotes¤[14]
Nat. Player Team Pos. #
Canada Connor McDavid (C[9]) Edmonton Oilers F 97
Germany Leon Draisaitl Edmonton Oilers F 29
Czech Republic Tomas Hertl San Jose Sharks F 48
Slovenia Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings F 11
United States Max Pacioretty Vegas Golden Knights F 67
Sweden Elias Pettersson Vancouver Canucks F 40
United States Matthew Tkachuk Calgary Flames F 19
Canada Mark Giordano Calgary Flames D 5
United States Quinn Hughes~ Vancouver Canucks D 43
Sweden Jacob Markstrom* Vancouver Canucks G 25
Czech Republic David Rittich^ Calgary Flames G 33

Bracket

External video
2020 NHL All-Star Game
video icon Full replay (NBC's feed) on the NHL's official YouTube channel
video icon Every goal of the Metropolitan vs. Atlantic Semifinal (Sportsnet's feed) on Sportsnet's official YouTube channel
video icon Every goal of the Pacific vs. Central Semifinal (Sportsnet's feed) on Sportsnet's official YouTube channel
video icon Every goal of the Pacific vs. Atlantic Final (Sportsnet's feed) on Sportsnet's official YouTube channel
Semifinals Final
Metropolitan 5
Atlantic 9 Atlantic 4
Pacific 10 Pacific 5
Central 5

Game summaries

First semifinal game

January 25, 2020 Metropolitan 5–9 Atlantic Enterprise Center


Second semifinal game

January 25, 2020 Pacific 10–5 Central Enterprise Center


Final

January 25, 2020 Atlantic 4–5 Pacific Enterprise Center


Uniforms

The All-Star uniforms were unveiled on January 8. Like the previous season, each player's respective team logo is featured on the front, but this time they are only rendered in one team color (e.g. the Boston Bruins logo is only rendered in gold instead of black and gold). The striping patterns also added to the front and sleeves to the uniforms are meant to resemble a musical staff to honor the music of St. Louis.[17]

Festivities and entertainment

This year's NHL Fan Fair, featuring various fan activities during All-Star Weekend, was held between Thursday, January 23 and Sunday, January 26 at Union Station.[18]

The rock band O.A.R. performed during a concert outside the Enterprise Center prior to the All-Star Skills Competition.[19] The rock band Green Day also gave an outdoor concert prior to the All-Star Game and then performed during the second intermission.[20]

Awolnation performed during the player introductions before the game. Canadian country music singer Tenille Townes sang the Canadian national anthem while retired St. Louis Blues anthem singer Charles Glenn sang the U.S. national anthem.[21]

Television

The All-Star Game and Skills Competition was broadcast in the United States by NBC and NBCSN, respectively. In Canada, both the All-Star Game and skills competition was broadcast in English on both CBC and Sportsnet (under the Hockey Night in Canada banner), and on TVA Sports in French.[8] With the 2021 game being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which would force the NHL to suspend the remainder of the season, this was the last All-Star Game to air on NBC.

As with the 2019 All-Star Game, the league continued testing its new player and puck tracking systems. The league had planned to deploy this technology to all 31 NHL arenas prior to the start of the season, but a change to its primary technology partner has delayed full league-wide implementation until the playoffs.[22][23]

The league also experimented with its "digitally enhanced dasherboards", first used at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, for the digital replacement of advertising on the rink boards on selected camera shots. Nine localized feeds were available (expanded from four during the World Cup), including Canada English, Canada French, the United States, as well as the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and world feeds. The goal is to eventually deploy this technology for all NHL telecasts, for the benefit of its national and regional broadcasters.[24][25]

References

External video
video icon 2020 NHL All-Star Skills on YouTube
video icon 2020 NHL All-Star Game on YouTube
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  2. ^ "Pacific defeats Atlantic to win 2020 NHL All-Star Game". NHL.com. January 25, 2020.
  3. ^ "Pastrnak of Bruins wins All-Star MVP for Atlantic Division". NHL.com. January 25, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "2020 NHL All-Star Skills highlighted by two new events" (Press release). NHL.com. January 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "Complete results of 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Competition". Sportsnet. January 24, 2020.
  6. ^ a b c "NHL All-Star Weekend adds Elite Women's 3-on-3 game" (Press release). NHL.com. January 15, 2020.
  7. ^ "Canada defeats United States in Elite Women's 3-on-3 at All-Star Skills". NHL.com. January 24, 2020.
  8. ^ a b "NHL All-Star Fan Vote to determine team captains now open". NHL.com. November 30, 2019. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
  9. ^ a b c d "McDavid, Ovechkin, MacKinnon, Pastrnak voted NHL All-Star Game captains". NHL.com. November 21, 2019. Retrieved December 21, 2019.
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  12. ^ "Perron, Oshie, Marner, Hughes named Last Men In winners". NHL.com. January 11, 2020.
  13. ^ a b c d "Cassidy, Berube, Reirden, Gallant named NHL All-Star coaches". Sportsnet. January 3, 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Tocchet of Coyotes to coach Pacific Division at NHL All-Star Game". NHL.com. January 16, 2020.
  15. ^ "Jon Hamm, Jenna Fischer, Brett Hull and Wayne Gretzky are NHL All-Star Game honorary captains". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. January 23, 2020.
  16. ^ "Kris Letang named captain of Metropolitan Division team for All-Star Game". sportsnet.ca. January 13, 2020.
  17. ^ "NHL And Adidas Stick With Grayscale With Unveiling Of 2020 NHL All-Star Game Uniforms". Forbes. January 8, 2020.
  18. ^ "NHL Fan Fair comes to St. Louis from Jan. 23-26, 2020". NHL.com. November 13, 2019.
  19. ^ "All-Star Friday Night to feature OAR outdoor concert". NHL.com. January 13, 2020.
  20. ^ "Green Day performing free outside Enterprise Center before NHL All-Star Game". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. January 16, 2020.
  21. ^ "AWOLNATION, Tenille Townes performances added to NHL All-Star weekend". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. January 23, 2020.
  22. ^ "Bettman: NHL puck and player tracking to start in playoffs". Sportsnet. Associated Press. January 24, 2020. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
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