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The 2018 National Hockey League All-Star Game took place at Amalie Arena in Tampa, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning on January 28, 2018. Tampa last held the NHL All-Star Game in 1999.[1] The All-Star Game was played in lieu of NHL participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics, as the NHL Board of Governors ruled against interrupting the season to send players to Pyeongchang from February 10 to 25.[2][3]

The Pacific All-Stars won the All-Star Game, which was in its third straight year of a four-team, 3-on-3, single elimination format, with one team representing each of the league's four divisions. Rookie Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks was named the Most Valuable Player, scoring two goals with an assist. He became the first rookie to win MVP since Mario Lemieux in 1985.

Format[edit | edit source]

The 2018 All-Star Game again used 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 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.[4]

In keeping with the four-team format, four separate uniforms were unveiled on January 3, one for each division. As with the previous year, the jerseys are meant to be of high contrast against one another to avoid confusion regardless of which teams face off. The primary colors of each jersey mirror the colors used by the event's host, the Lightning, with the Pacific division in white, the Central in black, the Atlantic in blue, and the Metropolitan in gray.[5] Accent colors of "solar red" (on the Western Conference uniforms) and "UV yellow" (on the Eastern Conference uniforms) are meant to evoke the "warm, vibrant sunset tones and the energy of the Tampa Bay area." The custom-designed number font also includes a pattern based on the suspension cables of the nearby Sunshine Skyway Bridge.[6] The uniforms also see a nod to classic 1980s All-Star uniforms in the inclusion of stars on the sleeves, one for each division.[5]

Skills Competition[edit | edit source]

The NHL All-Star Skills Competition took place the day before the All-Star Game on January 27, 2018, at Amalie Arena.[7] Event winners were awarded a $25,000 prize, with new events the passing challenge and goalie save streak added to the competition.[8] The winners were:

Rosters[edit | edit source]

As in the previous two All-Star Games, captaincy of each division was determined by a fan vote, running from December 2, 2017 until January 1, 2018.[15] On January 3, 2018, after a month of fan voting, the four captains were announced by the NHL. Steven Stamkos of the hosting Lightning was selected captain for the Atlantic Division. Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was selected for the Metropolitan Division. P. K. Subban of the Nashville Predators and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers were selected to captain the Central and Pacific Divisions, respectively, for the second consecutive year.[16]

On January 7, Jon Cooper of the Lightning was named head coach of the Atlantic Division Team. Joining him as coaches are Peter Laviolette of the Predators (Central), Barry Trotz of the Capitals (Metropolitan), and Gerard Gallant of the Golden Knights (Pacific). Coaches are chosen from the team in each division with the highest points percentage through January 6, the season's halfway point: the Lightning sat at 0.744 with 61 points as the top team in the NHL, trailed by the Golden Knights at 0.725 with 58 points. The Predators, with a 0.659 percentage and 54 points, were ranked fourth while the Capitals, sitting at a 0.646 percentage for 53 points, ranked sixth overall.[17][18]

Full team rosters were announced on January 10, 2018.[19] Brock Boeser, the Vancouver Canucks' first-round draft pick in 2015,[20] was the sole rookie selected to appear in the 2018 All-Star Game. As of January 10, he led all rookies in goals and points with 22 and 40 respectively through 40 games, placing him fifth overall in goal scoring in the entire NHL.[21]

Under a week prior to the game, Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings elected to not accept his invitation. As a consequence, he was suspended for one regular season game. Mike Smith of the Flames replaced Quick and joined Marc-Andre Fleury as the goalies for the Pacific Division.[22] As well, Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils was injured and replaced by Brian Boyle in the Metropolitan Division.[23]

Atlantic Division[19]
Head coach: Flag of Canada Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay Lightning[17]
Nat. Player Team Pos. #
Flag of Finland Barkov, AleksanderAleksander Barkov Florida Panthers F 16
Flag of the United States Eichel, JackJack Eichel Buffalo Sabres F 15
Flag of Russia Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov Tampa Bay Lightning F 86
Flag of Canada Marchand, BradBrad Marchand Boston Bruins F 63
Flag of the United States Matthews, AustonAuston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs F 34
Flag of Canada Point, BraydenBrayden Point

||Tampa Bay Lightning||F||21

Flag of Canada Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos
(C)[16]||Tampa Bay Lightning||F||91
Flag of Canada Green, MikeMike Green Detroit Red Wings D 25
Flag of Sweden Karlsson, ErikErik Karlsson Ottawa Senators D 65
Flag of Canada Price, CareyCarey Price Montreal Canadiens G 31
Flag of Russia Vasilevskiy, AndreiAndrei Vasilevskiy Tampa Bay Lightning G 88
Metropolitan Division[19]
Head coach: Flag of Canada Barry Trotz, Washington Capitals[17]
Nat. Player Team Pos. #
Flag of Canada Bailey, JoshJosh Bailey New York Islanders F 12
Flag of Canada Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins F 87
Flag of Canada Giroux, ClaudeClaude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers F 28
Flag of the United States Boyle, BrianBrian Boyle

||New Jersey Devils||F||11

Flag of Russia Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin
(C)[16]||Washington Capitals||F||8
Flag of Canada Tavares, JohnJohn Tavares New York Islanders F 91
Flag of the United States Hanifin, NoahNoah Hanifin Carolina Hurricanes D 5
Flag of the United States Werenski, ZachZach Werenski

||Columbus Blue Jackets||D||8

Flag of Canada Letang, KrisKris Letang Pittsburgh Penguins D 58
Flag of Canada Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby Washington Capitals G 70
Flag of Sweden Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist New York Rangers G 30

Central Division[19]
Head coach: Flag of the United States Peter Laviolette, Nashville Predators[17]
Nat. Player Team Pos. #
Flag of the United States Kane, PatrickPatrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks F 88
Flag of Canada MacKinnon, NathanNathan MacKinnon Colorado Avalanche F 29
Flag of Canada Schenn, BraydenBrayden Schenn St Louis Blues F 10
Flag of Canada Seguin, TylerTyler Seguin Dallas Stars F 91
Flag of Canada Staal, EricEric Staal Minnesota Wild F 12
Flag of the United States Wheeler, BlakeBlake Wheeler Winnipeg Jets F 26
Flag of Sweden Klingberg, JohnJohn Klingberg Dallas Stars D 3
Flag of Canada Pietrangelo, AlexAlex Pietrangelo St Louis Blues D 27
Flag of Canada Subban, P. K.P. K. Subban
(C)[16]||Nashville Predators||D||76
Flag of the United States Hellebuyck, ConnorConnor Hellebuyck Winnipeg Jets G 37
Flag of Finland Rinne, PekkaPekka Rinne Nashville Predators G 35
Pacific Division[19]
Head coach: Flag of Canada Gerard Gallant, Vegas Golden Knights[17]
Nat. Player Team Pos. #
Flag of the United States Boeser, BrockBrock Boeser Vancouver Canucks F 6
Flag of the United States Gaudreau, JohnnyJohnny Gaudreau Calgary Flames F 13
Flag of Slovenia Kopitar, AnzeAnze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings F 11
Flag of Canada McDavid, ConnorConnor McDavid
(C)[16]||Edmonton Oilers||F||97
Flag of Canada Neal, JamesJames Neal Vegas Golden Knights F 18
Flag of Sweden Rakell, RickardRickard Rakell Anaheim Ducks F 67
Flag of Canada Burns, BrentBrent Burns San Jose Sharks D 88
Flag of Canada Doughty, DrewDrew Doughty Los Angeles Kings D 8
Flag of Sweden Ekman-Larsson, OliverOliver Ekman-Larsson Arizona Coyotes D 23
Flag of Canada Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury Vegas Golden Knights G 29
Flag of Canada Smith, MikeMike Smith

||Calgary Flames||G||41

Uniforms[edit | edit source]

As with the previous game, the NHL used four uniquely-colored jerseys for each of the four division teams. As this was the first game with Adidas as the uniform supplier, the uniforms all featured Adidas' trademark three stripes down the sides of the jerseys, underneath the arms. The colors for each division were: blue with yellow trim, with blue pants, for the Atlantic; gray with yellow trim and black pants for the Metropolitan; black with reddish-orange trim and black pants for the Central; and white with reddish-orange trim and white pants for the Pacific. White pants had previously only been worn in the NHL by the 1974-75 Washington Capitals for a few games, and the Los Angeles Kings for the 2015 NHL Stadium Series game. The numbers on the back of the jerseys featured a pattern based on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.[6]

Bracket[edit | edit source]

Semi-Finals   Final
1  Metropolitan 4  
4  Atlantic 7        Atlantic 2
3  Central 2      Pacific 5
2  Pacific 5  

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

First semifinal game[edit | edit source]

Second semifinal game[edit | edit source]

Final[edit | edit source]

Festivities and entertainment[edit | edit source]

All-Star celebrations began on January 26 with the 2018 NHL All-Star pregame near the arena. Events included an opportunity to meet NHL mascots, participate in skills challenges in the NHL All-Star Skills Zone, view the NHL's various trophies, including the Stanley Cup, and meet past and present NHL players for autographs. The pregame was a recurring event open all of All-Star Weekend.[28]

All-Star Friday Night included the Enterprise NHL All-Star Friday Night concert at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park headlined by Fitz and the Tantrums.[29]

The 2018 Gasparilla Pirate Festival and the Gasparilla Parade of the Pirates took place nearby on January 27, prior to the All-Star Skills Competition at Amalie Arena. Former Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier was named the grand marshal for the parade, and regarded as a "perfect choice" by Christopher Lykes, the Captain of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla, who have hosted the parade annually since 1904. According to Lykes, "Vinny was a force with the Lightning and a force as an NHL All-Star. He has continued his leadership by being an active and positive role model in our community."[30]

The All-Star Red Carpet began prior to the All-Star Game at 1:00 pm on January 28, with further opportunities for fans to interact with the players as they enter the arena.[28] Kid Rock performed during the second intermission, prior to the start of the championship game. News of his performance was announced during NBCSN's pregame coverage for the January 16 Flyers-Rangers game.[31] The announcement was received with mixed opinions, due to a combination of factors including the length of time since his last major musical hit and his political stances.[32][33][34]

Lindsay Ell sang the Canadian national anthem while Brett Young sang the American national anthem.

Television[edit | edit source]

The All-Star Game and skills competition were broadcast in the United States by NBC and NBCSN, respectively.[15][16] This marked the second consecutive season that the All-Star Game was broadcast on American broadcast network television: the year before, it returned to NBC and network television at large for the first time since 2004.[35] In Canada, both the All-Star Game and skills competition were broadcast on both CBC and Sportsnet, and on TVA Sports in French.[15][16]

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