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Get your game notes: Team Toews vs. Team Foligno


Today on NBC, it’s the Team Toews vs. Team Foligno in the 2015 NHL All-Star Game (NBCSN, 5 p.m. ET). Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL’s public relations department:


Team Foligno: D Duncan Keith and RW Patrick Kane (Chicago), LW Nick Foligno and C Ryan Johansen (Columbus), D Drew Doughty, C Anze Kopitar and head coach Darryl Sutter (Los Angeles) G Brian Elliott and D Kevin Shattenkirk (St. Louis)

Team Toews: D Mark Giordano and LW Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary), G Corey Crawford, D Brent Seabrook and C Jonathan Toews (Chicago), G Roberto Luongo and D Aaron Ekblad (Florida), D Shea Weber, C Filip Forsberg and head coach Peter Laviolette (Nashville), G Jaroslav Halak and C John Tavares (New York Islanders)


Chicago Blackhawks: D Duncan Keith and RW Patrick Kane (Team Foligno) vs. G Corey Crawford, D Brent Seabrook and C Jonathan Toews (Team Toews)

St. Louis Blues: G Brian Elliott and D Kevin Shattenkirk (Team Foligno) vs. RW Vladimir Tarasenko (Team Toews)

Philadelphia Flyers: C Claude Giroux (Team Foligno) vs. RW Jakub Voracek (Team Toews)


The referees for today’s game are Chris Lee (#28) and Chris Rooney (#5). Lee, who hails from Saint John, N.B., made his NHL debut in 1999-2000 while Rooney, a Boston native, has worked NHL games since 2000-01. They are joined by linesmen Steve Miller (#89) and Tony Sericolo (#84). Miller, from Stratford, Ont., also started officiating NHL games in 2000-01. Sericolo a native of Troy, N.Y., is the senior member of the crew, having made his League debut on Oct. 21, 1998 (Edmonton at NY Islanders). All four officials are making their All-Star Game debut.


The 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game will feature performances from Grammy Award-nominated and multi platinum selling recording artist Fall Out Boy, rock band O.A.R. and power-pop band Locksley.

Fall Out Boy will perform during the first intermission followed by a performance from Ohio State alumni O.A.R. during the second intermission.

Locksley will perform “The Whip,” its hit single and the song performed after every Columbus Blue Jackets goal, during the NHL All-Star player introductions. Twelve local boys and girls, between the ages of eight and 13 years old, will take part in the player introductions as part of McDonald’s “In the Lineup” program.


Goals: 1. (tie) Rick Nash, NYR (Team Toews) and Tyler Seguin, DAL (Team Toews), 28; 3. Alex Ovechkin, WSH (Team Foligno), 27.

Assists: 1. Jakub Voracek, PHI (Team Toews), 39; 2. Sidney Crosby, PIT, 36; 3. (tie) Ryan Getzlaf, ANA (Team Toews) and Claude Giroux, PHI (Team Foligno), 35.

Points: 1. Jakub Voracek, PHI (Team Toews), 17-39–56; 2. Tyler Seguin, DAL (Team Toews), 28-24–52; 3. Patrick Kane, CHI (Team Foligno), 22-29–51.


* Twelve players in the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game are under age 25. Thirty-two of the 41 players on both rosters have yet to celebrate their 30th birthday. The youngest 2015 NHL All- Stars are 18-year-old Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers/Team Toews, born 2/7/96) and 20-year-old Filip Forsberg (Nashville Predators/Team Toews, born 8/13/94). Ekblad will be the second 18- year-old to skate in the past three NHL All-Star Games, following Jeff Skinner in 2011 in Raleigh, N.C.

* The oldest player among the 2015 NHL All-Stars is 38-year-old Patrik Elias (New Jersey Devils/Team Toews, 4/13/76). Elias leads players from both rosters in career games (1,192), assists (604) and points (1,003).

* The 2015 NHL All-Star with the most career appearances in the midseason classic is Rangers forward Rick Nash (Team Toews) who will be skating in his sixth career game. Following Nash is Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin (Team Foligno), who will play in his fifth NHL All-Star Game.

* Nash holds the NHL All-Star Game record for the fastest goal from the start of a game, tallying just 12 seconds into the 2008 contest in Atlanta.

* The 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game MVP will be determined by fans in-arena via a Twitter vote. Three finalists will be announced during the third period. The winner will receive a 2015 Honda Accord EX-L, made in Ohio.

* The last player to win NHL All-Star Game MVP honors in front of his home fans was Canadiens forward Alex Kovalev, in 2009 in Montreal.

* It has been 19 years since a defenseman captured NHL All-Star Game MVP honors (Ray Bourque, 1996) and 21 years since a goaltender won the award (Mike Richter, 1994).

* Penguins forward Mario Lemieux became the first rookie to earn NHL All-Star MVP honors in 1985. Lemieux, 19, notched 2-1—3 in leading the Prince of Wales Conference to a 6-4 win over the Campbell Conference.

* Blue Jackets forward and hometown star Ryan Johansen was the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft presented by DraftKings, held on Friday at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Team Foligno won a ‘puck toss’ to pick first overall, with Nick Foligno selecting linemate and first-time All-Star Johansen. Team Toews chose Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel as its first choice and the second overall selection. Kessel later was traded to Team Foligno in exchange for Stars forward Tyler Seguin, marking the first trade in NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft history.

* The NHL became the first professional sports league to implement an All-Star player fantasy draft to determine team rosters, in 2011 in Raleigh. Eric Staal of the Hurricanes, one of the NHL All-Star captains, selected Hurricanes teammate Cam Ward with the first overall selection. Nicklas Lidstrom of the Red Wings, the other captain, nabbed Steven Stamkos of the Lightning with the second overall pick.

* In 2012 in Ottawa, NHL All-Star captain Zdeno Chara of the Bruins made Pavel Datsyuk of the Red Wings the first overall selection, followed by captain Daniel Alfredsson of the hometown Senators selecting teammate Erik Karlsson with his first pick.

Video: ‘Hydrated’ Drew Doughty survives dizzying puck control event

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Hopefully Drew Doughty was well hydrated for the the NHL Skills Competition on Saturday.

After having a noticeably good time in Friday’s fantasy draft, he was chosen to participate in the puck control portion of Skills Challenge Relay. No easy task, circling while maneuvering the puck through a series of cones. Anyone else getting dizzy?

Team Foligno, which Doughty is a part of, came away from this event with a 12-2 lead over Team Toews.

Two big questions about the World Cup format

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The NHL and NHLPA believe that an eight-team format that includes six national squads and two additional squads, Team Europe and Team North American Youngstars, will create the most competitive 2016 World Cup possible, with added intrigue.

Taking the above argument into account, and acknowledging its merits, we still have two pretty big questions.

1. Will fans embrace the uniqueness of the format, or will they be put off by it?

There’s no question that international hockey has thrived in the past on patriotism. Think the 1972 Summit Series or the 1980 Olympics. That was more than just hockey. That was billed as one way of life versus another. While those Cold War days are long gone, it’s still a big deal when the United States plays Russia, or Canada plays Russia, or the United States plays Canada, or, let’s not forget, when Sweden plays Finland.

Hockey fans are notorious traditionalists, and this is a decidedly non-traditional format. Some might even call it gimmicky. Or worse, a disingenuous attempt to cut out countries like Switzerland and Slovakia in the name of profit.

While the NHL’s plan to “include more of the very best players in the world who might otherwise have been left out of the competition” makes sense in theory, there’s the potential for those good intentions to pave a road to fan indifference. Because, if it’s not a pure best-on-best international tournament with the sole goal of proving which country is the best at the game, then does it really matter who wins?

2. Is it fair to the United States and Canada?

Sweden, Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic, and Team Europe will get to keep their best “23 and under” players. Why shouldn’t the U.S. and Canada get to keep theirs?

After all, we’ve seen young players make big impacts in major international competitions before. Drew Doughty for Canada in the 2010 Olympics leaps to mind.

It’s American hockey fans who should probably be the most concerned by this, given the U.S. doesn’t boast the depth that Canada does.

Looking forward to 2016, Brandon Saad, Alex Galchenyuk, Jacob Trouba, and Seth Jones would all figure to be strong candidates to make Team USA; however, their birthdays mean they’ll only be eligible for the North American Youngstars team. Ditto for Jack Eichel.

For the record, neither of the two country’s associations say they’re concerned.

“Our take, and I know in just speaking with Hockey Canada, we want to celebrate the players at the event,” said Jim Johannson of USA Hockey. “I think it’s going to be good for the development of our young players and theirs to play in that type of competition.”

“It doesn’t cause me any concern, to be honest with you,” added Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney. “The most important feature of this whole event is that it’s National Hockey League players playing as much as possible. The whole idea behind this is to show the very best in the world playing. The fact of the matter is that this is a unique perspective, blending a team like this, if you will, and I think that creates great excitement for the league.”

Related: Will the Youngstars even have a chance?

Players have fun, show off personalities in water-fueled All-Star Fantasy Draft

2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft

COLUMBUS — If the number one goal of this weekend is fun, then mission accomplished tonight at the All-Star Fantasy Draft.

The players had fun; that much was obvious. And based on social media, the fans enjoyed watching them have fun.

“It was fun. The two teams obviously had some ideas on what they wanted to do, but after that you’re just going with the flow and having fun up there. Nothing too serious,” said Patrick Kane, one of the assistants on Team Foligno.

“I think the only thing that was set up was they wanted us to make a trade, because there was a trade available.”

It was a fun trade, too. Tyler Seguin for Phil Kessel. Because of course.

“They told us to just have fun with it,” said Kane. “Show off the personality, and just roll with the show. I think throughout the whole thing it wasn’t too serious, it was just kinda fun.

“And I think that’s the good thing about hockey players. We can have battles on the ice — like you saw with [Mark Giordano and Ryan Getzlaf], they said they didn’t like each other too much last game, and they’re joking around about it — so that’s the great thing about hockey players.”

The joking around continued afterwards, when the players were asked what was in those cups.

Apparently, just water.

“I think we drank, honestly, three or four cases of water,” said Nick Foligno. “I’ve never gone to the bathroom that much in my life. It was a lot of water.”

“When you come from L.A. to Columbus, you struggle to stay hydrated, just because of the long flight and whatnot,” added Drew Doughty, who sure was hydrated, wasn’t he?

And what about Alex Ovechkin? Did he steal the show or what?

“Oh yeah, he did,” said Doughty. “We kind of had it planned out. He was lobbying to go last in the draft to get the car, so we had a plan that he was going third last, no matter what.”

Hockey players take a lot of heat for giving boring, clichéd quotes. For the most part, they don’t like drawing attention to themselves as individuals, and they don’t like saying things that could be deemed controversial.

Tonight, the players took a few chances and it paid off in laughs.

Apparently, the trick is lots of water.

NHL All-Star Game rosters set after fantasy draft


The rosters for the 2015 NHL All-Star game have been decided. Drink it all in, hockey fans.

We saw it all tonight, didn’t we?

Phil Kessel wasn’t taken last, selected second overall by Team Toews, and then traded to Team Foligno for Tyler Seguin. Alex Ovechkin so desired a new car and didn’t get one.

Here are the rosters for both All-Star teams.


Forwards: Nick Foligno, Patrick Kane, Ryan Johansen, Anze Kopitar, Steven Stamkos, Phil Kessel, Claude Giroux, Bobby Ryan, Radim Vrbata, Zemgus Girgensons, Alex Ovechkin, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

Defensemen: Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Burns, Kevin Shattenkirk, Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

Goalies: Carey Price, Marc-Andre Fleury, Brian Elliott.


Forwards: Jonathan Toews, Ryan Getzlaf, Rick Nash, Tyler Seguin, Jakub Voracek, John Tavares, Vladimir Tarasenko, Patrice Bergeron, Patrik Elias, Tyler Johnson, Filip Forsberg.

Defensemen: Shea Weber, Brent Seabrook, Aaron Ekblad, Ryan Suter, Mark Giordano, Justin Faulk.

Goalies: Corey Crawford, Roberto Luongo, Jaroslav Halak.