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The 2019 National Hockey League All-Star Game was held at SAP Center in San Jose, home of the San Jose Sharks on January 26, 2019.[1] San Jose last held the NHL All Star Game in 1997.[2] This was the fourth consecutive All-Star Game that used a four-team, 3-on-3, single elimination format, with one team representing each of the league's four divisions. After years of being held on a Sunday, the 2019 All-Star Game was played on a Saturday, January 26, at 5:00 p.m. PST / 8:00 p.m. EST, while the Skills Competition was also moved from its traditional Saturday night to Friday, January 25, 2019.[1]

The Metropolitan All-Stars won the All-Star Game, which was in its fourth straight year of a four-team, 3-on-3, single elimination format, with one team representing each of the league's four divisions. The team won $1 million (split 11 ways between the players). Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins was named the Most Valuable Player, scoring four goals and four assists. He received a new 2019 Honda Passport.

Skills Competition Edit

The Skills Competition took place the day before the All-Star Game on Friday January 25, 2019 at the SAP Center. The winners of each event were awarded $25,000 in prize money.[3]

The league invited Renata Fast and Rebecca Johnston from the Canadian Women's National Team, and Brianna Decker and Kendall Coyne Schofield from the U.S. Women's National Team, to demonstrate some of the events. After Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche (Central Division) pulled out of the fastest-skater event due to a bruised left foot, Coyne Schofield was named as his replacement, becoming the first woman to compete in the All-Stars skills competition.[4]

Brianna Decker demonstrated the premier passer skill, but she was not part of the competition. She was, in fact, three seconds faster than Leon Draisaitl and would have won had her time been included as they did with Kendall Coyne Schofield.[5] This prompted the hashtag #PayDecker on Twitter, as women's hockey salaries are a fraction of men's hockey salaries. On January 26, hockey equipment company CCM announced they would give Decker the $25,000 she would have received for winning the competition.

ResultsEdit

Fastest SkaterEdit

Nat. Player Team Division Time (Seconds)
Flag of Canada Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers Pacific 13.378[6]
Flag of the United States Jack Eichel Buffalo Sabres Atlantic 13.582
Flag of Canada Mathew Barzal New York Islanders Metropolitan 13.780
Flag of Finland Miro Heiskanen Dallas Stars Central 13.914
Flag of Sweden Elias Pettersson Vancouver Canucks Pacific 13.930
Flag of the United States Cam Atkinson Columbus Blue Jackets Metropolitan 14.152
Flag of the United States Kendall Coyne USA National Team N/A 14.346
Flag of the United States Clayton Keller Arizona Coyotes Pacific 14.526

Puck Control PlayEdit

Nat. Player Team Division Time (Seconds)
Flag of the United States Johnny Gaudreau Calgary Flames Pacific 27.045[7]
Flag of the United States Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks Central 28.611
Flag of Canada Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers Metropolitan 30.270
Flag of Canada Mark Scheifele Winnipeg Jets Central 32.161
Flag of Sweden Gabriel Landeskog Colorado Avalanche Central 33.425
Flag of Canada John Tavares Toronto Maple Leafs Atlantic 35.210
Flag of Canada Jeff Skinner Buffalo Sabres Atlantic 35.407
Flag of Sweden Elias Pettersson Vancouver Canucks Pacific 43.622

Save StreakEdit

Nat. Player Team Division Division Faced Save Streak
Flag of Sweden Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers Metropolitan Atlantic 12[8]
Flag of Russia Andrei Vasilevskiy Tampa Bay Lightning Atlantic Metropolitan 8
Flag of Canada Devan Dubnyk Minnesota Wild Central Pacific 7
Flag of Canada Marc-Andre Fleury Vegas Golden Knights Pacific Central 6
Flag of the United States John Gibson Anaheim Ducks Pacific Central 3
Flag of the United States Jimmy Howard Detroit Red Wings Atlantic Metropolitan 2
Flag of Finland Pekka Rinne Nashville Predators Central Pacific 2
Flag of Canada Braden Holtby Washington Capitals Metropolitan Atlantic 2

Premier PasserEdit

Nat. Player Team Division Time (Seconds)
Flag of Germany Leon Draisaitl Edmonton Oilers Pacific 69.088[9]
Flag of Finland Sebastian Aho Carolina Hurricanes Metropolitan 78.530
Flag of Canada Ryan O'Reilly St. Louis Blues Central 85.897
Flag of the United States Keith Yandle Florida Panthers Atlantic 94.611
Flag of Canada Thomas Chabot Ottawa Senators Atlantic 100.568
Flag of Switzerland Roman Josi Nashville Predators Central 107.128
Flag of Sweden Erik Karlsson San Jose Sharks Pacific 118.824
Flag of Finland Mikko Rantanen Colorado Avalanche Central 137.379

Hardest ShotEdit

Nat. Player Team Division Speed (MPH)
Attempt 1 Attempt 2
Flag of the United States John Carlson Washington Capitals Metropolitan 102.8 mph

[10]

100.8 mph
Flag of Canada Brent Burns San Jose Sharks Pacific Miss 100.6
Flag of the United States Seth Jones Columbus Blue Jackets Metropolitan 99.4 95.1
Flag of Canada Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning Atlantic 96.2 93.1

Accuracy ShootingEdit

Nat. Player Team Division Time (Seconds)
Flag of the Czech Republic David Pastrnak Boston Bruins Atlantic 11.309 seconds[11]
Flag of Canada Kris Letang Pittsburgh Penguins Metropolitan 12.693 seconds
Flag of Canada Drew Doughty Los Angeles Kings Pacific 13.591 seconds
Flag of the United States Joe Pavelski San Jose Sharks Pacific 14.423 seconds
Flag of the United States Blake Wheeler Winnipeg Jets Central 18.585 seconds
Flag of Russia Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay Lightning Atlantic 19.706 seconds
Flag of the United States Kyle Palmieri New Jersey Devils Metropolitan 20.209 seconds
Flag of the United States Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs Atlantic 35.626 seconds

RostersEdit

As in the previous three All-Star Games, captaincy of each division was determined by a fan vote, the 2019 vote running from December 1, 2018, until December 23, 2018.[12] On December 27, the four captains were announced by the NHL. For the third straight year, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers was selected to captain the Pacific Division, along with first time captains Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs for the Atlantic Division and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche for the Central Division. Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was selected for the Metropolitan Division[13], but Ovechkin opted to abstain from the game to rest.[14] Fans were also permitted, after most of the rest of the rosters were set, to vote for a "Last Man In" for each division.[15] The Last Men In—Jeff Skinner (Atlantic), Gabriel Landeskog (Central), Kris Letang (Metropolitan) and Leon Draisaitl (Pacific)—were announced January 11.[16]

On January 6, the coaches for the All-Star Game were announced, chosen from the team in each division with the highest points percentage through January 5, roughly the regular season's halfway point: Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic), Todd Reirden of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan), Paul Maurice of the Winnipeg Jets (Central), and Bill Peters of the Calgary Flames (Pacific).[17]

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Atlantic Division[16]
Head coach: Flag of Canada Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay Lightning
Nat. Player Team Pos. #
Flag of the United States Matthews, AustonAuston Matthews
(C[13])||Toronto Maple Leafs||F||34
Flag of the United States Eichel, JackJack Eichel Buffalo SabresF9
Flag of Russia Kucherov, NikitaNikita Kucherov Tampa Bay LightningF86
Flag of the Czech Republic Pastrnak, DavidDavid Pastrnak Boston BruinsF88
Flag of Canada Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos Tampa Bay LightningF91
Flag of Canada Tavares, JohnJohn Tavares Toronto Maple Leafs F91
Flag of Canada Skinner, JeffJeff Skinner

~ || Buffalo Sabres||F||53

Flag of Canada Chabot, ThomasThomas Chabot Ottawa SenatorsD72
Flag of the United States Yandle, KeithKeith Yandle Florida PanthersD3
Flag of the United States Howard, JimmyJimmy Howard Detroit Red WingsG35
Flag of Russia Vasilevskiy, AndreiAndrei Vasilevskiy

†|| Tampa Bay Lightning||G||88

Metropolitan Division[16]
Head coach: Flag of the United States Todd Reirden, Washington Capitals
Nat. Player Team Pos. #
Flag of Finland Aho, SebastianSebastian Aho Carolina Hurricanes F20
Flag of the United States Atkinson, CamCam Atkinson Columbus Blue Jackets F13
Flag of Canada Barzal, MathewMathew Barzal New York Islanders F13
Flag of Canada Crosby, SidneySidney Crosby

* || Pittsburgh Penguins ||F||87

Flag of Canada Giroux, ClaudeClaude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers F28
Flag of the United States Palmieri, KyleKyle Palmieri

‡ || New Jersey Devils || F||21

Flag of the United States Carlson, JohnJohn Carlson Washington CapitalsD74
Flag of the United States Jones, SethSeth Jones Columbus Blue Jackets D3
Flag of Canada Letang, KrisKris Letang

~ || Pittsburgh Penguins || D||58

Flag of Canada Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby Washington Capitals G70
Flag of Sweden Lundqvist, HenrikHenrik Lundqvist New York Rangers G30
  • ~ Voted as "Last Man In".[16]
  • Alexander Ovechkin (C) (Washington Capitals) opted to abstain from the game to rest.[14]
  • Replaced Taylor Hall (New Jersey Devils) due to injury.[19]
  • * Did not participate in Skills Competition due to illness.[20]

Western ConferenceEdit

Central Division[16]
Head coach: Flag of Canada Paul Maurice, Winnipeg Jets
Nat. Player Team Pos. #
Flag of Canada MacKinnon, NathanNathan MacKinnon
(C[13])*  || Colorado Avalanche || F|| 29
Flag of the United States Kane, PatrickPatrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks F 88
Flag of Canada O'Reilly, RyanRyan O'Reilly St. Louis Blues F 90
Flag of Finland Rantanen, MikkoMikko Rantanen Colorado Avalanche F 96
Flag of Canada Scheifele, MarkMark Scheifele Winnipeg Jets F 55
Flag of the United States Wheeler, BlakeBlake Wheeler Winnipeg Jets F 26
Flag of Sweden Landeskog, GabrielGabriel Landeskog

~ || Colorado Avalanche || F|| 92

Flag of Finland Heiskanen, MiroMiro Heiskanen Dallas Stars D 4
Flag of Switzerland Josi, RomanRoman Josi Nashville Predators D 59
Flag of Canada Dubnyk, DevanDevan Dubnyk Minnesota Wild G40
Flag of Finland Rinne, PekkaPekka Rinne Nashville Predators G35
  • ~ Voted as "Last Man In".[16]
  • * Did not participate in Skills Competition or All-Star Games due to injury (still attended All-Star weekend). Replaced by Kendall Coyne Schofield in the Skills Competition.[21]
Pacific Division[16]
Head coach: Flag of Canada Bill Peters, Calgary Flames
Nat. Player Team Pos. #
Flag of Canada McDavid, ConnorConnor McDavid
(C[13])|| Edmonton Oilers || F|| 97
Flag of the United States Gaudreau, JohnnyJohnny Gaudreau Calgary Flames F 13
Flag of the United States Keller, ClaytonClayton Keller Arizona Coyotes F 9
Flag of the United States Pavelski, JoeJoe Pavelski San Jose Sharks F 8
Flag of Sweden Pettersson, EliasElias Pettersson Vancouver Canucks F 40
Flag of Germany Draisaitl, LeonLeon Draisaitl

~ || Edmonton Oilers || F|| 29

Flag of Canada Burns, BrentBrent Burns San Jose Sharks D88
Flag of Canada Doughty, DrewDrew Doughty Los Angeles Kings D8
Flag of Sweden Karlsson, ErikErik Karlsson San Jose Sharks D65
Flag of Canada Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury Vegas Golden Knights G29
Flag of the United States Gibson, JohnJohn Gibson Anaheim Ducks G36
  • ~ Voted as "Last Man In".[16]

BracketEdit

Semi-Finals   Final
1  Central 10  
4  Pacific 4        Central 5
3  Metropolitan 7      Metropolitan 10
2  Atlantic 4  

Game summariesEdit

First semifinal gameEdit


Second semifinal gameEdit


FinalEdit


UniformsEdit

The All-Star uniforms for this game were created by Adidas Parley, the partnership between Adidas and the environmental organization Parley for the Oceans that produces products made with plastic ocean debris. Also for the first time, the uniforms featured each player's respective team logo on the front instead of the NHL shield or conference logo.[22]

Festivities and entertainmentEdit

This year's NHL Fan Fair, featuring various fan activities during All-Star Weekend, was held between Thursday, January 24 and Sunday, January 27 at the San Jose Convention Center.[23]

Country music artist Chad Brownlee performed the Canadian national anthem while singer Lauren Jauregui performed the U.S. national anthem. Singer Bebe Rexha performed during the second intermission. The Stanford Band also performed during the game.[24]

TelevisionEdit

The All-Star Game and skills competition were broadcast in the United States by NBC and NBCSN, respectively. In Canada, both the All-Star Game and skills competition were broadcast In English on both CBC and Sportsnet (under the Hockey Night in Canada branding), and on TVA Sports in French.[12]

The NHL conducted a trial of player and puck tracking during the All-Star Game with technology developed by SAP and Sportvision, using microchips embedded inside pucks and jerseys. The technology enables on-air features such as speed displays, puck tracking graphics (reminiscent of the FoxTrax graphics utilized in the late 1990's by previous U.S. national NHL broadcaster Fox, also developed by Sportvision), and marker graphics hovering above players.[25] Using the system, NBC and Sportsnet both showcased some tracking data on their respective broadcasts,[26] while NBC also offered a secondary broadcast of the game via its digital platforms to showcase expanded real-time statistics and other information.[27][28] NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman stated during All-Star weekend that the system is planned to be deployed to all 31 NHL arenas prior to the start of the 2019–20 NHL season.[26][29]

ReferencesEdit

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  11. Pastrnak wins accuracy shooting at All-Star Skills (January 25, 2019). Retrieved on January 25, 2019.
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  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 McDavid, Ovechkin, Matthews, MacKinnon voted NHL All-Star captains (December 27, 2018). Retrieved on December 29, 2018.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin to skip NHL All-Star Game (January 2, 2019). Retrieved on January 3, 2019.
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  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 16.8 "Skinner, Landeskog, Letang, Draisaitl named Last Men In winners", NHL.com, 11 January 2019. Retrieved on January 11, 2019. 
  17. "NHL announces 2019 All-Star game coaches", NBC Sports, Yahoo! Sports, January 6, 2019. Retrieved on January 7, 2019. 
  18. Lightning’s Vasilevskiy replaces Canadiens’ Price on All-Star roster (January 8, 2019). Retrieved on January 19, 2019.
  19. Hall to miss NHL All-Star Game for Devils (January 19, 2019). Retrieved on January 19, 2019.
  20. Crosby to miss All-Star Skills with illness (January 25, 2019). Retrieved on January 27, 2019.
  21. Benjamin, Amalie (January 26, 2019). MacKinnon out of All-Star Game with bruised foot. Retrieved on January 27, 2019.
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  23. 2019 NHL Fan Fair presented by SAP (January 25, 2019). Retrieved on January 25, 2019.
  24. Brownlee, country star, Canucks draft pick, to sing at All-Star Game (January 25, 2019). Retrieved on January 25, 2019.
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