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59th NHL All-Star Game
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1 2 3 OT Total
Team Chara 3 3 6 {{{visitor_OT}}} 12
Team Alfredsson 3 3 3 {{{home_OT}}} 9
Date January 29, 2012
Arena Scotiabank Place
City Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
MVP Marian Gaborik
Attendance 20,510
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The 59th National Hockey League All-Star Game, (also known as the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game)[1] took place on January 29, 2012 at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.[2] This edition of the All-Star Game featured the "fantasy draft" format first seen in the previous 2011 NHL All-Star Game. The participating players voted for team captains, selecting Daniel Alfredsson of the All-Star host Ottawa Senators and Zdeno Chara of the defending Stanley Cup champions Boston Bruins.

This is the first time the city of Ottawa hosted the NHL All-Star Game. Ottawa has hosted two drafts, a Stanley Cup Final, and the World Junior Championships all in the past five years. It marked the 20th anniversary of the Ottawa Senators joining the NHL. It was the second All-Star Game that Canada has hosted in the past three years,[3] as the Montreal Canadiens hosted it in 2009.


Fan balloting

Voting for NHL all-star players started on November 14, 2011. Online voting requires fans to register with the web site. Votes are limited to 30 votes per "platform", i.e. desktop computer, web-enabled mobile devices and SMS text. Fans are presented a list of 127 players, sub-divided into Forwards, Defence and Goaltending. Three forwards, two defence and one goaltender are to be selected from the league-wide list of players. The selection of league-wide list of players was done in 2011, which used the "fantasy team" format.[4]

After voting closed Erik Karlsson was the leading vote-getter with 939,951. Senators fans voted in force, electing not only Karlsson but all three forwards as well (Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, and Milan Michalek). The only skater not coming from the home town Senators was Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman, Dion Phaneuf. Phaneuf beat out Senators defenceman Sergei Gonchar by only 11,305 votes. Reigning Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Tim Thomas, was elected as the fan-voted goaltender.[5]

# Name Pos. Team Votes[6]
11 Alfredsson, DanielDaniel Alfredsson RW Ottawa Senators 897,055
19 Spezza, JasonJason Spezza C Ottawa Senators 817,483
9 Michalek, MilanMilan Michalek LW Ottawa Senators 743,977
65 Karlsson, ErikErik Karlsson D Ottawa Senators 939,951
3 Phaneuf, DionDion Phaneuf D Toronto Maple Leafs 614,933
30 Thomas, TimTim Thomas G Boston Bruins 626,540


After naming the remaining All-Stars, the participating players voted for team captains, selecting Daniel Alfredsson of the All-Star host Ottawa Senators and Zdeno Chara of the defending Stanley Cup champions Boston Bruins. Alfredsson's team would wear white, while Team Chara would wear blue. The NHL named the coaches: head coach Claude Julien, and assistants Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis and Geoff Ward of the Boston Bruins for Team Chara; and John Tortorella of the New York Rangers and Todd McLellan of the San Jose Sharks as co-coaches for Team Alfredsson.

The draft of the players took place on January 26, 2012 from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm, Eastern time. It was held at the Théâtre du Casino du Lac-Leamy, in Gatineau, Quebec. Team Chara won the puck flip and selected first.

Team Alfredsson (White)
Round Nat. Player Team Pos. Num.
C Flag of Sweden Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa Senators RW 11
A Flag of Sweden Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers G 30
1 Flag of Sweden Erik Karlsson Ottawa Senators D 65
2 Flag of Canada Jason Spezza Ottawa Senators C 19
3 Flag of the United States Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings G 32
4 Flag of Canada Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers C 28
5 Flag of Canada Kris Letang Pittsburgh Penguins D 58
6 Flag of Canada Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning C 91
7 Flag of Canada Brian Elliott St. Louis Blues G 1
8 Flag of Canada Shea Weber Nashville Predators D 6
9 Flag of Sweden Daniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks LW 22
10 Flag of Canada Dan Girardi New York Rangers D 5
11 Flag of the United States Keith Yandle Phoenix Coyotes D 3
12 Flag of the Czech Republic Milan Michalek Ottawa Senators LW 9
13 Flag of Sweden Henrik Sedin Vancouver Canucks C 33
14 Flag of Canada James Neal Pittsburgh Penguins LW 18
15 Flag of Sweden Alexander Edler Vancouver Canucks D 23
16 Flag of Canada John Tavares New York Islanders C 91
17 Flag of Canada Scott Hartnell Philadelphia Flyers LW 19
18 Flag of Canada Jason Pominville Buffalo Sabres RW 29
19 Flag of Canada Logan Couture San Jose Sharks C 39
Co-Head Coach: John Tortorella
Co-Head Coach: Todd McLellan
Team Alfredsson Rookies
Nat. Player Team Pos. Num.
Flag of Canada Sean Couturier Philadelphia Flyers C 14
Flag of the United States Justin Faulk Carolina Hurricanes D 28
Flag of Sweden Carl Hagelin New York Rangers LW 62
Flag of Canada Nick Johnson Minnesota Wild RW/LW 25
Flag of Canada Matt Read Philadelphia Flyers RW 24
Flag of the United States Craig Smith Nashville Predators C 15
Team Chara (Blue)
Round Nat. Player Team Pos. Num.
C Flag of Slovakia Zdeno Chara Boston Bruins D 33
A Flag of Canada Joffrey Lupul Toronto Maple Leafs RW 19
1 Flag of Russia Pavel Datsyuk Detroit Red Wings C 13
2 Flag of the United States Tim Thomas Boston Bruins G 30
3 Flag of Russia Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins C 71
4 Flag of Slovakia Marian Hossa Chicago Blackhawks RW 81
5 Flag of Finland Kimmo Timonen Philadelphia Flyers D 44
6 Flag of Canada Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks RW 10
7 Flag of Canada Carey Price Montreal Canadiens G 31
8 Flag of the United States Phil Kessel Toronto Maple Leafs RW 81
9 Flag of the United States Ryan Suter Nashville Predators D 20
10 Flag of the United States Jimmy Howard Detroit Red Wings G 35
11 Flag of Canada Brian Campbell Florida Panthers D 51
12 Flag of the United States Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks RW 88
13 Flag of Canada Dion Phaneuf Toronto Maple Leafs D 3
14 Flag of Canada Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames RW 12
15 Flag of Canada Dennis Wideman Washington Capitals D 6
16 Flag of Slovakia Marian Gaborik New York Rangers RW 10
17 Flag of Canada Jordan Eberle Edmonton Oilers RW 14
18 Flag of Canada Tyler Seguin Boston Bruins C 19
19 Flag of Canada Jamie Benn Dallas Stars LW 14
Head Coach: Claude Julien
Assistant coaches: Doug Houda, Doug Jarvis and Geoff Ward
Team Chara Rookies
Nat. Player Team Pos. Num.
Flag of Canada Luke Adam Buffalo Sabres C 72
Flag of Switzerland Raphael Diaz Montreal Canadiens D 61
Flag of Canada Colin Greening Ottawa Senators LW 14
Flag of Canada Cody Hodgson Vancouver Canucks C 9
Flag of Canada Ryan Johansen Columbus Blue Jackets C 19
Flag of Sweden Gabriel Landeskog Colorado Avalanche LW 92

Source: NHL.[7]


Prior to the draft several players withdrew due to injury or personal reasons:

Nat. Name Team Pos. Reason and replacement
Flag of Finland Mikko Koivu Minnesota Wild C Left shoulder injury, replaced by Jordan Eberle[8]
Flag of Russia Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals LW Voluntary withdrawal because of suspension (although the All-
Star Game does not count as a game with respect to
suspensions), replaced by James Neal[9]
Flag of Canada Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks C Hand injury, replaced by Scott Hartnell[10]
Flag of the United States Dustin Byfuglien Winnipeg Jets D Knee injury, replaced by Kris Letang[8]
Flag of Canada Adam Henrique (rookie) New Jersey Devils C Groin injury, replaced by Carl Hagelin on rookie roster[11]
Flag of Canada Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (rookie) Edmonton Oilers C Left shoulder injury, replaced by Nick Johnson on rookie roster[8]
Flag of Sweden Adam Larsson (rookie) New Jersey Devils D Wrist injury, replaced by Raphael Diaz on rookie roster[11]

SuperSkills Competition

The competition was held at Scotiabank Place on January 28, 2012 between 7pm and 10pm local time. It was broadcast nationally in Canada on CBC, and in the United States on the NBC Sports Network.

Fastest Skater

In this event, pairs of skaters raced each other simultaneously on parallel courses on the rink. Each race was worth one point for their winning racer's team, and the fastest two skaters then had a final race for another point.

Heat Team Alfredsson Time Time Team Chara
1 Kris Letang 14.501 seconds 14.829 seconds Brian Campbell
2 Jonathan Quick 16.939 17.514 Jimmy Howard
3 Carl Hagelin 12.993 12.963 Colin Greening
4 Keith Yandle 13.731 13.203 Phil Kessel
5 Erik Karlsson 13.021 13.343 Marian Hossa
Final Hagelin 13.218 13.303 Greening
Event score: 4–2 Team Alfredsson
Overall score: 4–2 Team Alfredsson

Breakaway Challenge

In this competition, competitors skated with the puck and attempted to score on the opposing team's goalie. The winner was also judged on their presentation. The winner was determined by SMS messages sent to the NHL. The winner, Patrick Kane, donned a Superman cape and Clark Kent glasses, skated in and dove to the ice, passed the puck from his left hand to his stick held in his right hand and scored. Runner-up Corey Perry threw away his stick and gloves and removed a hidden mini-stick from his equipment. He then skated in and deked out the goalie with his stick. Kane, in his second attempt as Superman, shot a puck designed to explode into pieces.

Team Alfredsson Vote % Vote % Team Chara
Sean Couturier 9% 1% Ryan Johansen
John Tavares 8% 47% Patrick Kane
Logan Couture 5% 29% Corey Perry
Event score: 1–0 Team Chara
Overall score: 4–3 Team Alfredsson

Accuracy Shooting

In this event, competitors were positioned in front of the net, and were passed the puck from two players situated behind the goal line. The players had to hit targets at the four corners of the net, in the fastest time.

Heat Team Alfredsson Time Time Team Chara
1 Matt Read 14.011 seconds 20.929 seconds Cody Hodgson
2 Jason Spezza 18.639 30.092 Tyler Seguin
3 Steven Stamkos 44.684 13.583 Jamie Benn
4 Daniel Sedin 21.459 15.846 Marian Hossa
Final Read 16.361 10.204 Benn
Event score: 3–2 Team Chara
Overall score: 6–6

Challenge Relay

In this competition, teams were selected from each side. Each player on the team had one skill to complete before the next player could start. The goal was to complete the relay in the fastest time.

Heat Team Alfredsson Time Time Team Chara
1 Group 1
Nick Johnson (One-timer passer)
Shea Weber (One-timer)
Kris Letang (One-timer)
Steven Stamkos (One-timer)
Henrik Sedin (Passing accuracy)
Milan Michalek (Puck control)
Logan Couture (Stick handling)
James Neal (Target shooter)
2:28 minutes 2:45 minutes Group 1
Ryan Suter (One-timer passer)
Dennis Wideman (One-timer)
Jarome Iginla (One-timer)
Joffrey Lupul (One-timer)
Patrick Kane (Passing accuracy)
Pavel Datsyuk (Puck control)
Gabriel Landeskog (Stick handling)
Marian Gaborik (Target shooter)
2 Group 2
Alexander Edler (One-timer passer)
Keith Yandle (One-timer)
Scott Hartnell (One-timer)
John Tavares (One-timer)
Daniel Sedin (Passing accuracy)
Craig Smith (Puck control)
Claude Giroux (Stick handling)
Jason Pominville (Target shooter)
2:08 2:14 Group 2
Jordan Eberle (One-timer passer)
Dion Phaneuf (One-timer)
Zdeno Chara (One-timer)
Jamie Benn (One-timer)
Kimmo Timonen (Passing accuracy)
Raphael Diaz (Puck control)
Evgeni Malkin (Stick handling)
Phil Kessel (Target shooter)
Event score: 3–0 Team Alfredsson
Overall score: 9–6 Team Alfredsson

Hardest Shot

In this competition, players skated in from the blue line, and slapped a puck as fast as possible on the net.

Heat Team Alfredsson Speed Speed Team Chara
1 Justin Faulk 95.9 mph 98.3 mph Luke Adam
2 Daniel Alfredsson 101.3 95.3 Dennis Wideman
3 Jason Spezza 100.5 97.9 Dion Phaneuf
4 Shea Weber 104.9 108.8* Zdeno Chara
Final Weber 106.0 107.0 Chara
Event score: 3–2 Team Chara
Overall score: 11–9 Team Alfredsson

Elimination Shootout

In this competition, players attempted to score on the opposing team's goalie. Players who scored earned a point for their team for each goal they scored. Players were eliminated from the competition if they failed to score.

Team Alfredsson Result Result Team Chara
Round 1
Carl Hagelin Save Save Colin Greening
Steven Stamkos Goal Save Pavel Datsyuk
John Tavares Goal Goal Evgeni Malkin
Jason Spezza Goal Save Corey Perry
Claude Giroux Save Save Tyler Seguin
Daniel Alfredsson Goal Save Marian Gaborik
James Neal Save Save Patrick Kane
Milan Michalek Save Goal Jarome Iginla
Jason Pominville Goal Save Jamie Benn
Kris Letang Goal Save Joffrey Lupul
Erik Karlsson Save Goal Kimmo Timonen
Daniel Sedin Save Save Ryan Suter
Round 2
Steven Stamkos Goal Save Evgeni Malkin
John Tavares Goal Save Jarome Iginla
Jason Spezza Save Save Kimmo Timonen
Daniel Alfredsson Save
Jason Pominville Goal
Kris Letang Save
Round 3
Steven Stamkos Goal
John Tavares Save
Jason Pominville Save
Event score: 10–3 Team Alfredsson
Final overall score: 21–12 Team Alfredsson
  • italics = Heat winner
  • bold = Event winner
  • each heat and event winner earns a point for their team

Source: NHL[12]

Planned events

In conjunction with the game and the skills competition, the Ottawa Senators held a "Fan Fair" at the Ottawa Convention Centre, events on the Rideau Canal and events at Confederation Park Ottawa's annual Winterlude winter carnival opened its site at Confederation Park for the game weekend.[13] Activities include:[14]

  • NHL Trophy Procession on the Rideau Canal Skateway
  • Ice Sculptures at Confederation Park
  • Nightly DJs at Confederation Park
  • Energizer® Night Skate™ at NHL All-Star on the Rideau Canal Skateway
  • All-Star Concert in The Cabin™ at The Great Canadian Cabin nightclub
  • Canadian Tire NHL Junior Skills™ National Championship on the Rideau Canal Skateway


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  2. Lozo, Dave (September 15, 2010). NHL announces Ottawa as 2012 All-Star Game host. National Hockey League.
  3. Hirsch, Mike (September 15, 2010). Ottawa to Host 2012 NHL All-Star Game. BlueLineStation.Com.
  4. 2012 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting. NHL (November 14, 2011). Retrieved on November 14, 2011.
  5. Four Senators Voted Starters for the NHL All-Star Game. TSN (January 5, 2012). Retrieved on January 8, 2012.
  6. Host Senators have 4 All-Star Starters. ESPN (January 5, 2012). Retrieved on January 5, 2012.
  7. 2012 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft results (January 26, 2012). Retrieved on January 27, 2012.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Oilers' Eberle added to All-Star Game for injured Koivu. The Sports Network (January 23, 2012). Retrieved on January 23, 2012.
  9. Ovechkin opts out of NHL All-Star Weekend. (January 24, 2012). Retrieved on January 24, 2012.
  10. Flyers' Hartnell in for Toews on All-Star roster. (January 24, 2012). Retrieved on January 24, 2012.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Hagelin, Diaz in for Devils' duo Henrique, Larsson. (January 25, 2012). Retrieved on January 25, 2012.
  12. 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition format, scoring & rules. National Hockey League. Retrieved on 2012-01-28.
  13. Ottawa Senators (September 15, 2010). All-star celebration fulfills Sens owner's promise. Press release. Retrieved on April 19, 2011.
  14. 2012 NHL All-Star Game Schedule of Events - 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game. Retrieved on January 20, 2012.
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