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The 2017 National Hockey League All-Star Game was held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, home of the Los Angeles Kings on January 29, 2017 at 12:30pm PT. This was the third time Los Angeles hosted the NHL All-Star Game and first time since 2002.[1][2]

The Metropolitan All-Stars won the All-Star Game, which was in its second straight year of a four-team, 3-on-3, single elimination format, with one team representing each of the league's four divisions. Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers was named the Most Valuable Player, scoring three goals in two games, including the game-winning goal in the championship game.


The 2017 All-Star Game continued to use the 3-on-3 tournament format successfully introduced in 2016, in which teams representing each of the NHL's four divisions (the Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central, and Pacific) played in a single-elimination tournament, with each game consisting of two 10-minute halves played 3-on-3 and going directly to a shootout if tied after 20 minutes.[3][4] The winning team, the Metropolitan All-Stars, split $1 million.

Skills CompetitionEdit

The 2017 NHL All-Star Skills Competition was held on January 28, 2017. As with 2016, the event featured the Skills Challenge Relay, accuracy shooting, fastest skater, hardest shot, and shootout challenges. For 2017, the breakaway competition was dropped and replaced by a new event, the Four Line Challenge, in which four shooters from each team took shots at the goal from various positions on the ice.[5]

For the first time, the Skills Competition had a direct impact on the All-Star Game itself; the winning team was given the right to select their semi-final opponent during the tournament, and whether they would play in the first or second semifinal.[6]

The Atlantic Division won the competition with 9 points, Pacific Division with 7, Metropolitan Division with 5, and Central Division with 3.[7]


In an effort to avoid a repeat of the 2016 fan voting process, where journeyman John Scott won the fan vote and thus the right to play in the game, fans were given a predetermined ballot of players from whom to choose captains. On January 2, 2017, after weeks of fan voting, the four captains were announced by the NHL. Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens was selected captain for the Atlantic Division. Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins was selected for the Metropolitan Division, with P. K. Subban of the Nashville Predators captaining the Central Division and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers captaining the Pacific Division respectively. [8]

The rest of the rosters were revealed on January 10, 2017, with each of the NHL's 30 teams being represented by at least one player at the time the rosters were announced. NHL rules that dictated that the head coach of the team with the highest points percentage in each of the four divisions through games of Tuesday, Jan. 10 – the halfway point of the regular season – would coach their respective divisions.[9] The head coaches selected were Michel Therrien (Montreal Canadiens) for the Atlantic Division, Bruce Boudreau (Minnesota Wild) for the Central Division, John Tortorella (Columbus Blue Jackets) for the Metropolitan Division, and Peter DeBoer (San Jose Sharks) for the Pacific Division.[10] Tortorella announced that he had to miss the game due to a family emergency and was replaced by Wayne Gretzky (who had not coached hockey since leaving the then-Phoenix Coyotes in 2009).[11][12]

Atlantic Division[10]
Head coach: Flag of Canada Michel Therrien, Montreal Canadiens
Nat. Player Team Pos. #
Flag of CanadaPrice, CareyCarey Price
(C)[8]||Montreal Canadiens||G||31
Flag of FinlandRask, TuukkaTuukka Rask Boston BruinsG40
Flag of RussiaKucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov Tampa Bay LightningF86
Flag of CanadaMarchand, BradBrad Marchand Boston BruinsF63
Flag of the United StatesMatthews, AustonAuston Matthews Toronto Maple LeafsF34
Flag of DenmarkNielsen, FransFrans Nielsen Detroit Red WingsF51
Flag of the United StatesOkposo, KyleKyle Okposo Buffalo SabresF21
Flag of the United StatesTrocheck, VincentVincent Trocheck Florida PanthersF21
Flag of SwedenHedman, VictorVictor Hedman Tampa Bay LightningD77
Flag of SwedenKarlsson, ErikErik Karlsson Ottawa SenatorsD65
Flag of CanadaWeber, SheaShea Weber Montreal CanadiensD6
Metropolitan Division[10]
Head coach: Flag of Canada Wayne Gretzky
Nat. Player Team Pos. #
Flag of RussiaBobrovsky, SergeiSergei Bobrovsky Columbus Blue JacketsG72
Flag of CanadaHoltby, BradenBraden Holtby Washington CapitalsG70
Flag of CanadaCrosby, SidneySidney Crosby
(C)[8]||Pittsburgh Penguins||F||87
Flag of CanadaHall, TaylorTaylor Hall New Jersey DevilsF9
Flag of RussiaOvechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin Washington CapitalsF8
Flag of CanadaSimmonds, WayneWayne Simmonds Philadelphia FlyersF17
Flag of CanadaTavares, JohnJohn Tavares New York IslandersF91
Flag of the United StatesFaulk, JustinJustin Faulk Carolina HurricanesD27
Flag of the United StatesJones, SethSeth Jones Columbus Blue JacketsD3
Flag of the United StatesMcDonagh, RyanRyan McDonagh New York RangersD27
Flag of the United StatesAtkinson, CamCam Atkinson

||Columbus Blue Jackets||F||13

Central Division[10]
Head coach: Flag of Canada Bruce Boudreau, Minnesota Wild[15]
Nat. Player Team Pos. #
Flag of CanadaCrawford, CoreyCorey Crawford Chicago BlackhawksG50
Flag of CanadaDubnyk, DevanDevan Dubnyk Minnesota WildG40
Flag of FinlandLaine, PatrikPatrik Laine Winnipeg JetsF29
Flag of the United StatesKane, PatrickPatrick Kane Chicago BlackhawksF88
Flag of CanadaMacKinnon, NathanNathan MacKinnon Colorado AvalancheF29
Flag of CanadaSeguin, TylerTyler Seguin Dallas StarsF91
Flag of RussiaTarasenko, VladimirVladimir Tarasenko St. Louis BluesF91
Flag of CanadaToews, JonathanJonathan Toews Chicago BlackhawksF19
Flag of CanadaSubban, P. K.P. K. Subban
(C)[8]||Nashville Predators||D||76
Flag of the United StatesSuter, RyanRyan Suter Minnesota WildD20
Flag of CanadaKeith, DuncanDuncan Keith Chicago BlackhawksD2
Pacific Division[10]
Head coach: Flag of Canada Peter DeBoer, San Jose Sharks
Nat. Player Team Pos. #
Flag of CanadaJones, MartinMartin Jones San Jose SharksG31
Flag of CanadaSmith, MikeMike Smith Arizona CoyotesG41
Flag of CanadaMcDavid, ConnorConnor McDavid
(C)[8]||Edmonton Oilers||F||97
Flag of CanadaCarter, JeffJeff Carter Los Angeles KingsF77
Flag of the United StatesGaudreau, JohnnyJohnny Gaudreau Calgary FlamesF13
Flag of CanadaHorvat, BoBo Horvat Vancouver CanucksF53
Flag of the United StatesKesler, RyanRyan Kesler Anaheim DucksF17
Flag of the United StatesPavelski, JoeJoe Pavelski San Jose SharksF8
Flag of CanadaBurns, BrentBrent Burns San Jose SharksD88
Flag of CanadaDoughty, DrewDrew Doughty Los Angeles KingsD8
Flag of the United StatesFowler, CamCam Fowler Anaheim DucksD4


The division that won the Skills Competition during the previous night got to choose their first opponent in the 3-on-3 tournament, and whether they play in the first or second semifinal game.[6] The Atlantic Division won the Skills Competition and chose to play the Metropolitan Division in the second semifinal.[16]



Unlike the previous game, where all four teams had been issued two sets of All-Star uniforms of the same design, the NHL opted to dress each divisional team in a unique color for this game. The primary colors of the uniforms incorporated the historical colors of the host Los Angeles Kings: black for the Pacific division, purple for the Central Division, gold for the Atlantic Division, and white for the Metropolitan Division. The striping, which included stars at the waistline, paid homage to the All-Star uniforms of the 1980s and early 1990s. The number typeface was based upon the design of the Hollywood sign.

Game summariesEdit

First semifinal gameEdit

Second semifinal gameEdit


Festivities and entertainment Edit

Additional festivities and events were held alongside All-Star weekend, some of which were held in conjunction with the NHL's centennial commemoration. The NHL's travelling centennial exhibits were situated in Los Angeles for the event, and the NHL Fan Fair was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A public skating rink was built across from the All-Star Game's venue of Staples Center.[17][18]

On January 27, 2017, the NHL 100 Gala was held at Microsoft Theater, in which the NHL unveiled the remainder of its top 100 players of all-time (the first 33, representing players who played prior to 1966, were unveiled during a pre-game ceremony at the NHL Centennial Classic earlier in the month). The special was hosted by Jon Hamm, and featured appearances by Michael J. Fox, Al Michaels, Keanu Reeves, and Alex Trebek, and performances by John Legend, and John Ondrasik.[19]

Carly Rae Jepsen sang the Canadian national anthem. Pop group Fifth Harmony were scheduled to sing the U.S. anthem, but pulled out after one of their members had fallen ill. They were replaced by singer Courtney Daniels, a member of the Los Angeles Kings' ice cleaning crew (she performed similar duties during the game, and also assisted in presenting the MVP award after its conclusion).[20][21] Snoop Dogg (under the alias DJ Snoopadelic) performed during player introductions for the skills competition.[22] Before the game, the teams were introduced by four celebrities, each representing their home division: Atlantic - Wayne Gretzky, Metropolitan - Tim Robbins, Central - Chris O'Donnell, Pacific - Colin Hanks.

Celebrity ShootoutEdit

A celebrity game was held on January 28, 2017; the game was played between a team of celebrities coached by Wayne Gretzky (including Canadian singer Justin Bieber),[23] and a team of NHL alumni coached by Mario Lemieux.[24]

Game SummaryEdit


In the United States, the All-Star Game was broadcast by NBC, marking the All-Star Game's return to network television for the second time since 2004.[25] In Canada, it was broadcast on both CBC and Sportsnet, and on TVA Sports in French.[6]




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