Earlier today, the NHL announced the first four participants in this year’s NHL All-Star Game to be held in Nashville on January 31st, and Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane will captain the Central Division squad.
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Voted on by the fans, Kane was the top vote getter for his division in the new format, which will feature a 3-on-3 tournament of three twenty-minute games. Kane, who leads the NHL in points (56), assists (33), and is second in goals (23) will be joined as a captain by Arizona’s John Scott (Pacific), Washington’s Alex Ovechkin (Metropolitan), and Florida’s Jaromir Jagr (Atlantic) in what is certain to be an interesting night. The rest of the All-Stars, 40 more to be exact, will be named on January 6th by the NHL Hockey Operations Department.
Each team will consist of two goaltenders, three defensemen, and six forwards and will compete for a $1 million prize. I’m sure a few more Blackhawks will be in the mix and we’ll be sure to update you as that information comes in.
If you’re counting, this is Patrick Kane’s fifth All-Star selection.