NHL All-Star Weekend: News, Format, & Rosters

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Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid skates during the Skills Competition fastest skater contest, part of the NHL hockey All-Star weekend, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, in St. Louis.
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Rachael Millanta @rachaelmillanta Feb 01, 2023, 12:45 PM
  • The 2023 NHL All-Star Game will be held Saturday, Feb. 4 at FLA LIVE Arena.
  • The NHL Skills event will be held the day before, Friday, Feb. 3.

The NHL All-Star Weekend is upon us, unofficially marking the midpoint of the 2022-23 regular season. On Feb. 4, the best players in the league will meet in Sunrise, Florida, to represent their respective divisions in the All-Star Game, with the winning team taking home a $1 million prize. The annual All-Star Skills event will be held the night before, on Feb. 3.

Each year, 44 players are selected to represent their division at the All-Star Game. The NHL hockey operations department selects one player from each of the 32 NHL teams, and the final 12 players (three per division) are voted in by fans.

There are 15 first-time participants in the 2023 All-Star game — Kevin Hayes (Flyers), Brock Nelson (Islanders), Artemi Panarin (Rangers), Andrei Svechnikov (Hurricanes), Adam Fox (Rangers), Igor Shesterkin (Rangers), Ilya Sorokin (Islanders), Tage Thompson (Sabres), Linus Ullmark (Bruins), Jason Robertson (Stars), Josh Morrissey (Jets), Matty Beniers (Mariners), Kevin Fiala (Kings), Stuart Skinner (Oilers), and Logan Thompson (Golden Knights).

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals will be the most-tenured All-Star, making his eighth appearance in 2023.

When Is the NHL All-Star Game?

The 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Game will be held on Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. ET at FLA LIVE Arena in Sunrise, Florida. 

NHL All-Star Skills

The 2023 NHL All-Star Skills event will be held on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. ET, the night before the All-Star Game, to showcase the talents of top players in the league. The winner of each event will be awarded $30,000.

The skills competition will feature four events from previous years — the Upper Deck NHL Fastest Skater, GEICO NHL Hardest Shot, Great Clips NHL Breakaway Challenge, and Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting. Three new events will also be featured in 2023 — the Enterprise NHL Splash Shot, Chipotle NHL Pitch ‘n Puck, and Discover NHL Tendy Tandem.

NHL All-Star Game Format

The All-Star Game will feature a four-team elimination tournament, with players representing their respective regular-season divisions. Each team includes nine skaters and two goaltenders, and the games are conducted in a three-on-three format with two ten-minute halves.

In the first round (semifinals), the Central division will take on the Pacific, and the Metropolitan will play the Atlantic. This will determine the champion of each conference, and they will meet in the final game to compete for the $1 million prize.

All-Star Game Rosters 2023

Metropolitan Division

PLAYERTEAMPOSITION
Sidney CrosbyPittsburgh PenguinsCenter
Johnny GaudreauColumbus Blue JacketsLeft Wing
Kevin HayesPhiladelphia FlyersCenter
Jack HughesNew Jersey DevilsCenter
Brock NelsonNew York IslandersCenter
Alex OvechkinWashington CapitalsLeft Wing
Artemi PanarinNew York RangersLeft Wing
Andrei SvechnikovCarolina HurricanesRight Wing
Adam FoxNew York RangersDefenseman
Igor ShesterkinNew York RangersGoaltender
Ilya SorokinNew York IslandersGoaltender

Atlantic Division

PLAYERTEAMPOSITION
Aleksander BarkovFlorida PanthersCenter
Nikita KucherovTampa Bay LightningRight Wing
Dylan LarkinDetroit Red WingsCenter
Mitchell MarnerToronto Maple LeafsRight Wing
David PastrnakBoston BruinsRight Wing
Nick SuzukiMontreal CanadiensCenter
Tage ThompsonBuffalo SabresCenter
Brady TkachukOttawa SenatorsLeft Wing
Matthew TkachukFlorida PanthersLeft Wing
Andrei VasilevskiyTampa Bay LightningGoaltender
Linus UllmarkBoston BruinsGoaltender

Aleksander Barkov replaced Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) who is unable to play due to injury.

Central Division

PLAYERTEAMPOSITION
Kirill KaprizovMinnesota WildLeft Wing
Clayton KellerArizona CoyotesRight Wing
Nathan MacKinnonColorado AvalancheCenter
Mikko RantanenColorado AvalancheRight Wing
Jason RobertsonDallas StarsLeft Wing
Vladimir TarasenkoSt. Louis BluesRight Wing
Seth JonesChicago BlackhawksDefenseman
Cale MakarColorado AvalancheDefenseman
Josh MorrisseyWinnipeg JetsDefenseman
Connor HellebuyckWinnipeg JetsGoaltender
Juuse SarosNashville PredatorsGoaltender

Pacific Division

PLAYERTEAMPOSITION
Leon DraisaitlEdmonton OilersCenter
Kevin FialaLos Angeles KingsLeft Wing
Bo HorvatVancouver CanucksCenter
Nazem KadriCalgary FlamesCenter
Connor McDavidEdmonton OilersCenter
Elias PetterssonVancouver CanucksCenter
Chandler StephensonVegas Golden KnightsCenter
Troy TerryAnaheim DucksRight Wing
Erik KarlssonSan Jose SharksDefenseman
Stuart SkinnerEdmonton OilersGoaltender
Logan ThompsonVegas Golden KnightsGoaltender

Chandler Stephenson replaced Matty Beniers (Seattle Kraken) who is unable to play due to injury.

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Rachael Millanta

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Rachael Millanta is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM focusing on Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. Her work has been published in SB Nation, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Slackjaw Humor. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Rachael now resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Rachael Millanta is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM focusing on Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League. Her work has been published in SB Nation, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, and Slackjaw Humor. Originally from Sydney, Australia, Rachael now resides in Chicago, Illinois.