Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin are 32nd on the NHL All-Star Game list

The first 32 players named to the 2023 NHL All-Star Game were revealed on ESPN during Thursday night’s game between the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets.

The NHL All-Star Game and All-Star Skills Contest will be held February 3-4 at FLA Live Arena, home of the Florida Panthers, in Sunrise, Florida. The All-Star Game will once again feature a 3v3 tournament between 11 teams representing the four divisions of the league.

Here are the first 32 players selected by the NHL’s Department of Hockey Operations:

Metropolitan department

Andrei SvechnikovRW, Carolina Hurricanes

Johnny GoudreauLW, Columbus Blue Jackets

Jack HughesC, New Jersey Devils

Brooke NelsonC, New York Islanders

Igor ShesterkinG, New York Rangers

Kevin HayesC, Philadelphia Flyers

Sidney CrosbyC, Pittsburgh Penguins

Alex OvechkinLW, Washington Capitals

Department of the Atlantic

Linus UllmarkG, Boston Bruins

Thompson crownC, Buffalo Sabers

Dylan LarkinC, Detroit Red Wings

Matthew TkachukLW, Florida Panthers

Nick SuzukiC, Montreal Canadiens

Brady TkachukLW, Ottawa Senators

Nikita KucherovRW, Tampa Bay Lightning

Mitch MarnerRW, Toronto Maple Leafs

Central Division

Clayton KeelerRW, Arizona Coyotes

Seth JonesD, Chicago Blackhawks

Cal MakarD, Colorado Avalanche

Jason RobertsonLW, Dallas Stars

Kirill KaprizovLW, Minnesota Wild

Juuse SarosG, Nashville Predators

Vladimir Tarasenko*, RW, St. Louis Blues

Josh MorrisseyD, Winnipeg Jets

(*Tarasenko is on injured reserve due to a hand injury and is expected to be replaced as the Blues representative.)

Pacific Division

Troy TerryRW, Anaheim Ducks

Nazim QadriC, Calgary Flames

Connor McDavidC, Edmonton Oilers

Kevin FialaLW Los Angeles Kings

Eric CarlsonD, San Jose Sharks

Matty BennersC, Seattle Kraken

Elias PetersonC, Vancouver Canucks

Logan ThompsonGee, Vegas Golden Knights

The NHL changed its All-Star selection format this weekend. In previous seasons, the fans voted for four captains and the NHL selected the rest of the players. For this season’s All-Star Game, fans will vote on the final 12 players.

The NHL Hockey Operations Department selected preliminary rosters of eight players for each division, which included at least one goaltender. The three remaining players for each division team — two skaters and a goaltender — will be chosen as part of an All-Star fan vote that began at 9 p.m. EST on Thursday and will run through January 17.

Fans will vote on the NHL website and on Twitter. From January 12 through January 14, fans can vote on Twitter using the hashtag #NHLAllStarVote, followed by the player’s full name or the player’s Twitter handle. These votes will be combined with the official website votes to elect the last three players for each team.

Fans could only vote for “eligible and active NHL players”. Eligible players must be on the NHL team’s active roster as of December 1, 2022. Players who were not on the active roster due to injury or special circumstances may be added to the ballot once they are added to a team’s active roster.

The NHL has also taken measures to ensure that there is no other controversy like the one involving John Scott in 2016, when the veteran winger was voted in by the fans and played in the All-Star Game despite being demoted to the AHL by Montreal. two canadians.

The league said that “If a player is assigned/loaned to the AHL or other minor league team between December 1 and 5 PM on February 1, the player will not be eligible for All-Star balloting.” This does not include minor league cuts to adapt tasks.

If a player voted by the fans is eliminated for any reason, the next player/goalie with the most votes in that section is named to the All-Star Team.

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