Central Division of the Wester Conference side St. Louis Blues will host the 2020 NHL All-Star game, with the stars of the sport set to for the midseason classic that never fails to excite.
Eleven players from each division will face off in a three-on-three tournament with the winner taking all, with a weekend of fun and games for the league’s best players in what ultimately is a celebration of the sport’s best talent.
The NHL is also bringing 10 women from both the United States and Canada’s national programmes to play a 20-minute three-on-three game as part of the All-Star game in one of the fiercest rivalries in the international scene.
Though elite women’s players have been invited to participate in All-Star Weekend since 2012, this is first time in which they have an event dedicated solely to them
The Metropolitan All-Stars won the All-Star game in 2019, held at SAP Center, San Jose, with the team winning a reported $1 million split between 11 players.
Ryan O’Reilly, Alex Pietrangelo and Jordan Binnington will represent the hosts at the event on January 26, with all three involved in the Blues’ first ever Stanley Cup championship last season.
David Pastrnak (Atlantic Division), Alex Ovechkin (Metropolitan Division), Nathan MacKinnon (Central Division) and Connor McDavid (Pacific Divisions) have all been named captains of their sides, voted by the fans.
Pacific Division are 19/20 favourites to defeat Central Division in the NHL betting, while Metropolitan Division are evens to defeat Atlantic Division.
As well as action on the rink, there’s plenty to get excited about off it, too. The Stanley Cup is one of the highlights away from the games, with fans able to take a picture with the greatest trophy in the sport. Elsewhere, the Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit will be there, as well as a chance to meet and greet some of the legends of the game as NHL players past and present will be there to sign autographs.
In a enjoyable weekend for the sport that fans in the EIHL could one day hope would develop over in the UK, the NHL-All Stars is a chance for the sport to showcase its best, as well as providing a platform for some of the most promising upcoming players to play in front of thousands.