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Captains named for NHL All-Star Game. Who’s teaming up with Bieber?

The NHL named the four captains for the All-Star Game, plus the celebrities who will help them draft their players.

One pairing will be superstar entertainer and Toronto mega-fan Justin Bieber with Maple Leafs forward Austin Matthews, the NHL’s goal scorer.

The NHL is returning to the format of having team captains pick the 11-player teams in a draft, which will occur two days before the All-Star Game.

The pool of 44 All-Stars has been named. The league selected one player from every team, and a fan vote determined the final eight skaters and four goaltenders. Fans also chose the final two participants in the skills competition.

Here are the captains and who made the roster for the Feb. 1-3 All-Star weekend:

Who are the captains at the NHL All-Star Game?

Team Matthews will be captained by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews, with Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly serving as assistant captain and Justin Bieber serving as the celebrity captain. Team Matthews will wear blue NHL All-Star jerseys.

Team McDavid will be captained by Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid, with Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl serving as assistant captain and Will Arnett serving as celebrity captain. Team McDavid will wear white NHL All-Star jerseys.

Team MacKinnon will be captained by Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon, with Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar serving as assistant captain and Tate McRae serving as the celebrity captain. Team MacKinnon will wear yellow NHL All-Star jerseys.

Team Hughes will be co-captained by New Jersey Devils forward Jack Hughes and his older brother, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes, with Michael Bublé serving as the celebrity captain. Team Hughes will wear red NHL All-Star jerseys.

Which NHL All-Stars were voted in by fans?


William Nylander, Toronto Maple Leafs, 1,393,578 votes

Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche, 1,065,367

Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks, 976,716

Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers, 967,975

Mitch Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs, 946,154

J.T. Miller, Vancouver Canucks, 839,215

Morgan Rielly, Toronto Maple Leafs, 830,480

Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks, 762,378


Thatcher Demko, Vancouver Canucks, 1,398,699

Sergei Bobrovsky, Florida Panthers, 712,100

Alexandar Georgiev, Colorado Avalanche, 584,071

Jeremy Swayman, Boston Bruins, 578,739

Which Eastern Conference players were named to the NHL All-Star Game?

David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins

Rasmus Dahlin, Buffalo Sabres

Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes

Boone Jenner, Columbus Blue Jackets

Alex DeBrincat, Detroit Red Wings

Sam Reinhart, Florida Panthers

Nick Suzuki, Montreal Canadiens

Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils

Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders

Igor Shesterkin, New York Rangers

Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators

Travis Konecny, Philadelphia Flyers

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

Tom Wilson, Washington Capitals

Note: Jenner (broken jaw) was activated from the injured list on Friday. Hughes (upper body) is week-to-week, but he was named to take part in the skills competition. New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin asked not to go because he and his wife are expecting their second child.

Which Western Conference players were named to the NHL All-Star Game?

Frank Vatrano, Anaheim Ducks

Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes

Elias Lindholm, Calgary Flames

Connor Bedard, Chicago Blackhawks

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

Jake Oettinger, Dallas Stars

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Cam Talbot, Los Angeles Kings

Kirill Kaprizov, Minnesota Wild

Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators

Robert Thomas, St. Louis Blues

Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks (2nd)

Oliver Bjorkstrand, Seattle Kraken

Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks

Jack Eichel, Vegas Golden Knights

Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets

Note: Bedard is out six to eight weeks after jaw surgery, a timeline that is expected to keep him from being the youngest All-Star in NHL history. But video from NBC Sports Chicago showed him on the ice on Jan. 15 after practice. He was wearing a face shield and a green no-contact jersey.

Oettinger and Kaprizov, who were hurt at the time of the initial announcement, have returned to action.

When and where is the 2024 NHL All-Star Game?

All-Star weekend will be Feb. 1-3 at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. The first night features captains drafting their teams (6 p.m. ET, ESPN). The revamped skills competition is on Feb. 2 (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) and the 3-on-3 All-Star Game is on Feb. 3 (3 p.m. ET, ABC).

Who will take part in the NHL All-Star skills competition?

David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins

Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche

Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils

Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning

Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs

William Nylander, Toronto Maple Leafs

Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks

Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks*

J.T. Miller, Vancouver Canucks*

*-voted in by fans

Who are the coaches for the NHL All-Star Game?

The NHL named Peter Laviolette (Rangers), Jim Montgomery (Bruins), Rick Bowness (Jets) and Rick Tocchet (Canucks) as All-Star Game coaches. Those four were leading their respective divisions in winning percentage at the halfway point of the season. Laviolette is coaching for the fourth time, Montgomery and Tocchet their second and Bowness is making his All-Star coaching debut.

This post appeared first on USA TODAY

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