ALL-STAR GAME HEAD COACHES
Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins (Atlantic), Craig Berube of the St. Louis Blues (Central), Todd Reirden of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan) and Rick Tocchet of the Arizona Coyotes (Pacific) will serve as the head coaches for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game.
Under the All-Star selection process, the head coach of the team with the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points) in each of the four divisions through games of Thursday, Jan. 2 – the halfway point of the regular season – was automatically selected to guide the respective All-Star rosters. Tocchet replaced the Pacific Division qualifier on that basis, Gerard Gallant, on Jan. 16.
ALL-STAR GAME OFFICIALS
The referees for today’s games are Francois St. Laurent (no. 8) and Justin St. Pierre (no. 12). The linesmen are Michel Cormier (no. 76) and Bryan Pancich (no. 94).
ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY IN ST. LOUIS
This year marks the third time NHL All-Star activities are taking place in St. Louis. The Blues previously hosted the event in 1970 and 1988, both at St. Louis Arena.
In 1970, St. Louis became the first expansion city to host the game. The East Division topped the West 4-1, yet the St. Louis fans were buoyed by the performance of Blues goaltender Jacques Plante, playing the last of his eight career All-Star contests. Plante entered the game with the West trailing 4-1 and blanked the East Division for the final half of the game. MVP Bobby Hull notched one goal for the East and added one assist, on Gordie Howe’s power-play game-winner. For Howe, the goal was his 10th and final one as an All-Star.
Twenty future Hockey Hall of Fame inductees participated in the 1970 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis. The East Division All-Stars boasted 15 (Johnny Bucyk, Phil Esposito, Tony Esposito, Ed Giacomin, Rod Gilbert, Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Dave Keon, Jacques Laperriere, Jacques Lemaire, Frank Mahovlich, Bobby Orr, Brad Park, Jean Ratelle and Serge Savard), while the West Division featured five (head coach Scotty Bowman, Bobby Clarke, Harry Howell, Bernie Parent and Jacques Plante).
The 1988 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis featured a record performance by Penguins legend Mario Lemieux, who posted six points (3-3–6), including the game-winner in overtime, as the Prince of Wales Conference edged the Clarence Campbell Conference 6-5. Lemieux broke the record for most points in an All-Star Game (four), previously held by six players. Montreal Canadiens forward Mats Naslund earned an assist on all three of Lemieux’s goals and added two more to set an All-Star Game record for assists (five).
The 1988 All-Star Game also was dedicated to the memory of legendary Blues defenseman Barclay Plager, who had died of brain cancer at age 46 three days before the game. Plager played his entire 10-year NHL career with the Blues, making four All-Star Game appearances. His no. 8 was retired by the club in 1981.
ALL-STAR GAME FORMAT
The 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game will again be a 3-on-3 tournament, the same used for each of the past four seasons. The 3-on-3 format will divide the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game into three 20-minute contests, with players from each division making up the four teams: Atlantic, Central, Metropolitan and Pacific.
The 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game will feature a prize pool of $1 million to be paid in its entirety to the tournament’s winning team.
Each team will include 11 players – nine skaters and two goaltenders – from its division.
Each game will be 20 minutes in length. Teams will change ends at the 10‑minute mark of each game. Games that are tied after 20 minutes will be decided by a shootout.
All NHL Rules will apply to each game. Video Review will be used to confirm all goals. NHL Hockey Operations will initiate any potential coach’s challenge reviews.
All minor penalties will be one minute in length. Man-power advantages during these penalties will reflect current NHL Rules, where at no time will a team have fewer than three players on the ice — this may require a fourth and/or fifth skater to be added.
The winners of each semifinal game will meet in the All-Star tournament final to determine the overall tournament champion.
ALL-STAR GAME QUICK HITS
* The Pacific Division and Metropolitan Division have split the four All-Star titles played under the 3-on-3 format since 2016. The Pacific Division has captured All-Star honors in the even years, 2016 (Nashville) and 2018 (Tampa Bay), while the Metropolitan Division has won in the odd years, 2017 (Los Angeles) and 2019 (San Jose). Both the Atlantic and Central Division are in search of their first title.
* In the first four years of the 3-on-3 All-Star format (2016-19), the Pacific Division has posted the most games played (seven), most wins (five) and best win percentage (.714, 5-2).
* Following the Pacific Division in order of win percentage: Metropolitan (.667, 4-2-0), Atlantic (.333, 2-4-0) and Central (.200, 1-4-0).
* Two players who have appeared in the four previous All-Star Weekends under the 3-on-3 format will again participate this year: Braden Holtby and Patrick Kane.
* Three of the four championship teams since the introduction of the 3-on-3 All-Star Game format have skated in the second of the two semifinal games prior to the final. The only winner who competed in the first semifinal was the Pacific Division, in 2018 at Tampa Bay. This year’s schedule features the Atlantic meeting the Metropolitan in the first semifinal, followed by the Central taking on the Pacific in the second semifinal.
* The average number of goals scored in the 12 games played under the 3-on-3 All-Star format 10.3. The average for the eight semifinal games is 11.8, while the average for the four final games is a somewhat stingier 7.5.
* In the 12 games played under the 3-on-3 All-Star Game format, only one team has managed to post a shutout. In 2016 at Nashville, the Pacific Division blanked the Atlantic Division, 1-0, in the championship game. Jonathan Quick stopped all 10 shots he faced in the first 10-minute period; John Gibson made seven saves in the second and final frame.
* Goaltenders have posted a cumulative 15.17 goals-against average and .744 save percentage (346 saves on 465 shots) in the four years under the 3-on-3 All-Star Game format.
* Six goaltenders have managed to blank the opposition over their 10-minute period in the 3-on-3 All-Star Game format: Roberto Luongo in 2016 (12 SV for Atlantic), Jonathan Quick in 2016 (10 SV for Pacific), John Gibson in 2016 (7 SV for Pacific), Braden Holtby in 2017 (5 SV for Metropolitan), Pekka Rinne in 2018 (4 SV for Central) and Henrik Lundqvist in 2019 (6 SV for Metropolitan).
* Seven goaltenders have recorded an assist in the 12 games played under the 3-on-3 All-Star Game format: Cory Schneider (Metropolitan, 2016), Ben Bishop (Atlantic, 2016), John Gibson (twice: Pacific, 2016 and 2019), Pekka Rinne (Central, 2016), Martin Jones (Pacific, 2017), Carey Price (Atlantic, 2018) and Mike Smith (Pacific, 2018).
* Goaltender Devan Dubnyk (Central) denied Seth Jones (Metropolitan) on a penalty shot in the opening half of the 2019 Final. It marked the third penalty shot in NHL All-Star Game history, all of which have been unsuccessful. The others: Matt Duchene vs. Henrik Lundqvist in 2011 (at Carolina) and Steven Stamkos vs. Jimmy Howard in 2012 (at Ottawa).
* One divisional matchup has yet to take place in the four years of the 3-on-3 All-Star format: Central vs. Atlantic.
* Prior to the first NHL All-Star Game in 1947, the concept of pitting the League’s elite against each other was used in three games staged to benefit the families of former NHL stars Ace Bailey (1934), Howie Morenz(1937) and Babe Siebert (1939).
* The first NHL All-Star Game, held at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens, matched the defending Stanley Cup champion Maple Leafs against the NHL All-Stars. The All-Stars overcame a 3-1 deficit to defeat Toronto, 4-3.
* The 1967 NHL All-Star Game marked the first time in its 20-year history that the game was played midseason, rather than prior to the start of the regular schedule.
* Boston’s Ray Bourque was the last defenseman to capture NHL All-Star Game MVP honors, doing so in 1996.
* The St. Louis Blues are the first team in more than 30 years to host the NHL All-Star Game as defending Stanley Cup champion. The last team to do so was the Edmonton Oilers, who captured the Stanley Cup in 1988 and held All-Star festivities in 1989.
* The host Blues will be well represented at the game with Jordan Binnington, Ryan O’Reilly, David Perronand Alex Pietrangelo all set to represent their hometown team with Stanley Cup-winning coach Craig Berubebehind the bench. This will be the fifth time that four or more Blues have appeared in the same All-Star Game and first since 2000 (Pavol Demitra, Al MacInnis, Chris Pronger and Roman Turek).
* Combined, the Central Division roster possess nine Stanley Cup rings – the most among any of the four teams. In addition to one each for the four Blues players, Patrick Kane (2010, 2013 and 2015), Tyler Seguin (2011) and Eric Staal (2006) also have Stanley Cup championships on their resume.
* Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes will be in the Pacific Division lineup marking the third consecutive season a Vancouver rookie has played in the game (also Brock Boeser in 2018 and Elias Pettersson in 2019). This marks the first time in the expansion era and third time in All-Star history that a team has been represented by a rookie in three consecutive seasons.
* Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk and Senators forward Brady Tkachuk will be the first brothers to compete in the same All-Star Game since Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin both represented Vancouver in 2012. Should Matthew (Pacific Division) meet Brady (Atlantic Division) in the final, they would become just the fifth set of brothers in the last 40 years to face each other in an All-Star Game. The others: the Sedins in 2011; Derian and Kevin Hatcher in 1997; Brian and Joe Mullen in 1989; Brent and Brian Sutter in 1985.
* The Atlantic Division roster boasts both the NHL’s leading goal scorer in Boston’s David Pastrnak (37 goals) and the goaltender with the most wins this season in Tampa Bay’s Andrei Vasilevskiy (24-9-2). Pastrnak is looking to become the first Bruins player to lead the NHL in goals at season’s end since Phil Esposito in 1974-75 (61 goals) – the last of his six-season reign as the NHL’s leading goal scorer.
* Vasilevskiy enters the weekend with a win in each of his last 10 regular-season appearances dating to Dec. 23 (10-0-0), marking his second double-digit win streak in as many campaigns (also 10-0-0 from Feb. 9 – March 5, 2019).
* The Pacific Division is led by Edmonton’s Connor McDavid (27-49—76 in 49 GP) and Leon Draisaitl (27-48—75 in 49 GP), who rank first and second in the Art Ross Trophy race with near identical stat lines. Over the last 30 years, only three sets of teammates have finished first and second in the NHL scoring race at season’s end: Martin St. Louis (1st) and Steven Stamkos (2nd) in 2012-13, Mario Lemieux (1st) and Jaromir Jagr(2nd) in 1995-96 and Lemieux (1st) and Kevin Stevens (2nd) in 1991-92.
The NHL and GRAMMY Award-winning rock band Green Day build on their multiyear partnership with the band’s headlining performance at the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will perform outside Enterprise Center shortly before they take the stage inside during the second intermission presented by Ticketmaster. The performance will be televised as part of the live All-Star Game broadcast on NBC in the U.S. and on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. Green Day’s set outside Enterprise Center begins at 5 p.m. CT on 14th and Market Streets.
AWOLNATION will perform during the player introductions, singer/songwriter Tenille Townes will perform the Canadian national anthem and St. Louis’ own Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players will serve as the house band and perform throughout the event.
The NHL and adidas are unveiling the ADIZERO Authentic Pro uniforms for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game. This year’s jerseys pioneer a revolutionary look by pulling design inspiration from the league’s 31 teams and fusing those elements with the renowned musical scene from the game’s host city. Team logos were featured on the chest of NHL All-Star jerseys for the first time at last year’s celebration in San Jose and the NHL’s best will again champion their team’s crest in 2020.
To pay homage to the original sweaters of the St. Louis Blues and to transform the city’s acclaimed rhythm and blues history into a tangible form, the jersey’s striping mimics a musical staff along the front and sleeves. As another nod to the host city, the stitching elements are conducted in an eye-catching silver thread, inspired by the iconic Gateway Arch. Additionally, the design includes white, grey and silver detailing throughout the jerseys, along with a Blues’ trumpet floating above a St. Louis Gateway Arch graphic within the neckline.
The adidas ADIZERO Authentic jersey features twill numbers that reduce weight, adidas Clima technology that combines moisture management with breathability and maximized circulation to keep players cool, and Aeroknit fabric for a full range of motion and durability.
For the three-game tournament, the home team will wear grey jerseys and the away team will be represented in white jerseys.