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All-Star captains Foligno and Toews announce player assignments for skills competition


Team Foligno and Team Toews announced the All-Star and rookie assignments for tonight’s All-Star Skills competition, which you can watch live at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN or online at NBCSports.com.

Maple Leafs’ forward Phil Kessel, who was traded from Team Toews to Team Foligno Friday night highlights the list of players participating in the fastest skater competition. Jonathan Drouin of the Lightning, Habs’ Jiri Sekac and Buffalo’s Zemgus Girigensons will also skate for Team Foligno. They’ll compete against Tyler Seguin, who was involved in the Kessel trade, Mike Hoffman of the Ottawa Senators, Panthers’ rookie Aaron Ekblad and Blues’ sniper Vladimir Tarasenko.

Team Foligno will set Alex Ovechkin, Claude Giroux, Ryan Johansen free in the breakaway challenge, they’ll face Team Toews’ Corey Crawford. For Team Toews’ Tarasenko, Jakub Voracek and Johnny Gaudreau will be tasked with beating Brian Elliott.

Bobby Ryan, Nick Foligno, Radim Vrbata and Patrick Kane will receive passes from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Anze Kopitar for Team Foligno in the accuracy shooting competition. Rick Nash and Patrik Elias will feed shooters Ryan Getzlaf, Patrice Bergeron, John Tavares and Jonathan Toews for Team Toews.

Ryan Johansen and Kane highlight Team Foligno participants for the challenge relay while Team Toews replied with Gaudreau and Bergeron.

Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will be part of a group of four shooters for Team Foligno in the hardest shot competition. They’ll be challenged by the likes of Brent Seabrook and Shea Weber from Team Toews.

The shootout competition will feature the likes of Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos from Team Foligno go up against Tarasenko and Tavares from Team Toews.

Individual winners will be crowned from each of the six events and points in the overall team vs. team competition will also be awarded from each challenge.

Players have fun, show off personalities in water-fueled 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.

Video: No new car for you, Alex Ovechkin


Alex Ovechkin really, really wanted a new car.

That was the prize for whoever was selected last – and second last, as we found out – in the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft. Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals star who has five goals in his last three games, lobbied early on to go as the final pick.

“I want to be last. I need a car,” he said, trying to make his case early in the proceedings.

That car was a Honda Accord. Imagine cruising to the rink in one of those, right? Stylish and sophisticated.

Alas, it was not to be.

With only three picks remaining in the draft, Ovechkin was finally taken off the board by Team Foligno, leaving Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Filip Forsberg as the only two players left to be selected. In a classic twist, Nugent-Hopkins and Forsberg both received Honda Accords.


Maybe next year, Ovi.

‘It’s worked out for both teams in the past’: Kessel traded for Seguin (Video)


Team Foligno shook up the world — well, the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft world — on Friday night, orchestrating a trade to acquire Phil Kessel from Team Toews in exchange for Tyler Seguin.

“It’s worked out for both teams in the past,” Foligno said. “So we’re going to go with some history here.”

Foligno, of course, is referring to the trade that saw Kessel go to Toronto in 2009, a deal that saw Boston net the second overall pick at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft… which the Bruins used to select Seguin.

FYI, Alex Ovechkin is still on the board.

Related: Video: ‘Coachable’ Kessel goes from last pick to 2nd overall