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The 61st National Hockey League All-Star Game (also known as the 2016 NHL All-Star Game) was held on January 31, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee at Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators.

This was Nashville's first time hosting the NHL All-Star Game.

For this edition, the all-star game was replaced with a four-team, three-on-three, single-elimination tournament with one team representing each of the league's four divisions.

The all-stars from the Pacific Division won the four-team tournament.

Team captain John Scott (an enforcer voted into the game through a fan vote) scored two goals and was given the game's most valuable player award.

Game Format[]

On November 18, 2015, the NHL announced significant changes to the All-Star Game format: instead of two teams pitted against each other in one game, there will be three 20-minute games, each consisting of 10-minute halves with four All-Star teams based on the league's four divisions.

The Atlantic Division All-Stars will face the Metropolitan Division All-Stars while the Central Division All-Stars will play against the Pacific Division All-Stars. The winners of these two games will then meet in the All-Star Game Final.

The format for all three games will be 3-on-3. If a tie remains after 20 minutes, then it will go directly to a three-round shootout plus extra rounds as needed to determine the winner; there is no standard overtime.

All-Star Rosters[]

National Hockey League staff and associates voted internally to determine the rosters. Fan voting was altered to match the new divisional format.

The voting determined the captains of each division with the condition the player plays in the division they captain. This change was likely due to recent exploitation of the older method.

For example, the fan votes in the 2015 All-Star Game were dominated by Chicago Blackhawks players and Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons, who was voted in following a heavy campaign in his native country of Latvia.

Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr tried to get fans to not vote for him; at age 43, he stated that he preferred to rest during the All-Star break rather than play in the 3-on-3 format.

Girgensons also stated that he did not believe that he deserved an All Star spot this year since he only recorded four points up to that point in the season.

Following weeks of fan voting, the four captains were announced on January 2, 2016.

The Atlantic will be led by Jágr, the Metropolitan by Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals while the two Western Conference divisions are manned by Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and John Scott of the Arizona Coyotes.

Scott received the most votes of any player, despite having only recorded one point in 11 games played with the Coyotes (Scott spent much of the season in the AHL, or as a healthy scratch) and scoring five goals in his entire career up that point.

The situation was compared to Rory Fitzpatrick's All Star campaign in 2007, in which fans vote for a player who would not conventionally be chosen as an All-Star.

Despite this, both Scott and the NHL honoured the results.

Scott was traded out of the Pacific Division and demoted out of the league on January 15, 2016 in a move that sent Scott to the Montreal Canadiens, who in turn assigned him to the American Hockey League (AHL)'s St. John's IceCaps; the trade was expected to make him ineligible to serve as captain in the All-Star Game. However, the NHL announced shortly after the trade that he would be permitted to participate.

The rest of the rosters were revealed on January 6, 2016 with each of the NHL's 30 teams being represented by at least one player even though technically Arizona was not represented due to John Scott's situation.

The coaches for each division's team were determined by the teams with the highest point percentage in each division following the completion of games on January 9, 2016.

The coaches with each distinction included: Gerard Gallant (Florida Panthers) for the Atlantic Division, Lindy Ruff (Dallas Stars) for the Central Division, Darryl Sutter (Los Angeles Kings) for the Pacific Division and Barry Trotz (Washington Capitals) for the Metropolitan Division.

On January 21, 2016, the NHL announced the addition of celebrity coaches to each team. Celebrities included country music stars Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Charles Kelley and Chris Young.

Injury replacements were announced on January 28, 2016 with Evgeny Kuznetsov replacing teammate Ovechkin, who was out with a lower-body injury and James Neal replacing Jonathan Toews, who was out due to illness. To replace Ovechkin's captaincy, John Tavares was awarded the "C".

Atlantic Division
Head Coach: Canada Gerard Gallant, Florida Panthers
Celebrity Coach: United States Dierks Bentley
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Canada Luongo, RobertoRoberto Luongo Florida Panthers G 1
United States Bishop, BenBen Bishop Tampa Bay Lightning G 30
Canada Bergeron, PatricePatrice Bergeron Boston Bruins F 37
Template:Country data FIN Komarov, LeoLeo Komarov Toronto Maple Leafs F 47
Czech Republic Jagr, JaromirJaromir Jagr (C) Florida Panthers F 68
United States Larkin, DylanDylan Larkin Detroit Red Wings F 71
Canada O'Reilly, RyanRyan O'Reilly Buffalo Sabres F 90
Canada Stamkos, StevenSteven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning F 91
Canada Ekblad, AaronAaron Ekblad Florida Panthers D 5
Template:Country data SWE Karlsson, ErikErik Karlsson Ottawa Senators D 65
Canada Subban, P.K.P.K. Subban Montreal Canadiens D 76
Metropolitan Division
Head Coach: Canada Barry Trotz, Washington Capitals
Celebrity Coach: United States Chris Young
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United States Schneider, CoryCory Schneider New Jersey Devils G 35
Canada Holtby, BradenBraden Holtby Washington Capitals G 70
Template:Country data RUS Kuznetsov, EvgenyEvgeny Kuznetsov Washington Capitals F 92
Template:Country data SWE Backstrom, NicklasNicklas Backstrom Washington Capitals F 19
Canada Giroux, ClaudeClaude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers F 28
United States Saad, BrandonBrandon Saad Columbus Blue Jackets F 20
Template:Country data RUS Malkin, EvgeniEvgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins F 71
Canada Tavares, JohnJohn Tavares (C) New York Islanders F 91
United States Faulk, JustinJustin Faulk Carolina Hurricanes D 27
United States McDonagh, RyanRyan McDonagh New York Rangers D 27
Canada Letang, KrisKris Letang Pittsburgh Penguins D 58
Template:Country data RUS Ovechkin, AlexanderAlexander Ovechkin (injured) Washington Capitals F 8
Central Division
Head Coach: Canada Lindy Ruff, Dallas Stars
Celebrity Coach: United States Vince Gill
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Template:Country data FIN Rinne, PekkaPekka Rinne Nashville Predators G 35
Canada Dubnyk, DevanDevan Dubnyk Minnesota Wild G 40
Canada Duchene, MattMatt Duchene Colorado Avalanche F 9
Canada Benn, JamieJamie Benn Dallas Stars F 14
Canada Neal, JamesJames Neal Nashville Predators F 18
United States Kane, PatrickPatrick Kane (C) Chicago Blackhawks F 88
Canada Seguin, TylerTyler Seguin Dallas Stars F 91
Template:Country data RUS Tarasenko, VladimirVladimir Tarasenko St. Louis Blues F 91
Canada Weber, SheaShea Weber Nashville Predators D 6
United States Byfuglien, DustinDustin Byfuglien Winnipeg Jets D 33
Template:Country data SUI Josi, RomanRoman Josi Nashville Predators D 59
Canada Toews, JonathanJonathan Toews (injured) Chicago Blackhawks F 19
Pacific Division
Head Coach: Canada Darryl Sutter, Los Angeles Kings
Celebrity Coach: United States Charles Kelley
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United States Quick, JonathanJonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings G 32
United States Gibson, JohnJohn Gibson Anaheim Ducks G 36
Canada Hall, TaylorTaylor Hall Edmonton Oilers F 4
United States Pavelski, JoeJoe Pavelski San Jose Sharks F 8
Canada Perry, CoreyCorey Perry Anaheim Ducks F 10
United States Gaudreau, JohnnyJohnny Gaudreau Calgary Flames F 13
Template:Country data SWE Sedin, DanielDaniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks F 22
Canada Scott, JohnJohn Scott (C) No Team F 28
Canada Giordano, MarkMark Giordano Calgary Flames D 5
Canada Doughty, DrewDrew Doughty Los Angeles Kings D 8
Canada Burns, BrentBrent Burns San Jose Sharks D 88

Ovechkin was replaced by Kuznetsov due to a lower-body injury.

Toews was replaced by Neal due to illness.

Game Summaries[]

East Game[]

January 31, 2016

  • Team Atlantic: 4
  • Team Metropolitan: 3

West Game[]

January 31, 2016

  • Team Pacific: 9
  • Team Central: 6


January 31, 2016

  • Team Pacific: 1
  • Team Atlantic: 0

All-Star Game Festivities[]

Alongside the 3-on-3 tournament the NHL hosted several other events during the All-Star weekend.

  • 2016 NHL Fan Fair
  • NHL Mascot Showdown
  • 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition

Live musical performances by:

  • Corrina and Vince Gill (U.S. national anthem)
  • Lennon & Maisy (Canadian national anthem)
  • Lee Brice (pre-game performance)
  • Jennifer Nettles (second intermission)
  • Sixwire (house band)
  • Small Time Rock Stars (house band)

NHL All-Star Skills Competition[]

The competition was held on January 30, 2016 was be broken up into six events: Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater, Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge, DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting, Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay, AMP Energy NHL Hardest Shot and the Discover NHL Shootout.

Teams Atlantic & Metropolitan combined to represent the Eastern Conference and teams Central & Pacific combined to represent the Western Conference.

Fastest Skater[]

In this event, four pairs of skaters raced each other simultaneously on parallel short-courses on the rink.

The fastest skater in the head-to-head match-ups received the chance to skate a full lap of the outside border of the rink, in the direction of their choosing in an attempt to break Mike Gartner's record (13.386).

The winner of each match-up scored one point, the team with the fastest skater scored a bonus point, and an extra bonus point was awarded for breaking Mike Gartner's record.

Team East Time (sec) Heat Time (sec) Team West
Dylan Larkin 12.894 1 13.527 Roman Josi
Brandon Saad 13.634 2 14.026 Matt Duchene
Erik Karlsson 14.630 3 13.654 Taylor Hall
Kris Letang 14.081 4 14.203 Dustin Byfuglien
Larkin 13.172* Record Attempt 13.386 Gartner
Event score: 5–1 Team East
Overall score: 5–1 Team East

Breakaway Challenge[]

In this competition, competitors skated with the puck and attempted to score on the opposing team's goalie. Each competitor had two chances.

The winner was judged on their presentation, style, creativity and flair. NHL penalty shot rules did not apply.

The winner was determined by fan-vote through Twitter and was rewarded one point for their team.

The winner, P.K. Subban donned a wig, black hockey-pants, an old hockey helmet, and a Jaromir Jagr jersey, skated in, and slid the puck into the net after initially hitting the post, completing his best Jagr impression with a salute to the crowd.

Runner-up Brent Burns was joined by his son Jagger, and Sharks teammate Joe Pavelski and his son Nathan.

Former teammates Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo staged a mock argument in the net to leave it empty while Jagger got the puck from Nathan and scored.

While all other lineups were submitted by the team captains, this event also allowed fan-vote via Twitter to secure a guaranteed spot in the event for an eligible player of their choice.

Voting was open from January 26, 2016 to January 28, 2016.

Team East
Goalie: Cory Schneider
Team West
Goalie: Jonathan Quick
Brandon Saad James Neal
Evgeny Kuznetsov Matt Duchene
P.K. Subban Brent Burns
Winner: P.K. Subban (31% of the vote)
Event score: 1–0 Team East
Overall score: 6–1 Team East

Accuracy Shooting[]

In this event, competitors were positioned in front of the net and were passed the puck from two players situated behind the goal line.

The players had to hit targets at the four corners of the net in the fastest time. The event consisted of four head-to-head match-ups, with one shooter from each team per round.

The winner of each match-up scored one point and the player who hit all four targets in the fastest time scored a bonus point.

Team East
Passers: Nicklas Backstrom, Jaromir Jagr
Time (sec) Heat Time (sec) Team West
Passers: Drew Doughty, Vladimir Tarasenko
John Tavares 12.294 1 20.000 Patrick Kane
Patrice Bergeron 23.362 2 14.088 Joe Pavelski
Claude Giroux 17.254 3 13.771 Corey Perry
Evgeni Malkin 16.179 4 16.664 Jamie Benn
Event score: 3–2 Team East
Overall score: 9–3 Team East

Challenge Relay[]

In this competition, teams of 14 players and 2 goalies were selected from each side to compete in a timed relay event which consisted of four relays with five challenges each: One Timers, Passing, Puck Control, Stick-Handling and Goalie Goals.

Each player on the team had one skill to complete before the next player could start. The goal was to complete the relay in the fastest time.

The team with the fastest time in each heat scored one point and the team with the fastest overall time scored one bonus point.

Team East Time (min:sec.ms) Heat Time (min:sec.ms) Team West
Aaron Ekblad (One-timer RH)
Erik Karlsson (One-timer RH)
Steven Stamkos (One-timer RH)
Patrice Bergeron (One-timer passer)
Nicklas Backstrom (Passing accuracy)
Justin Faulk (Puck control)
Claude Giroux (Stick handling)
Braden Holtby (Goalie goal)
1:38.410 1 2:15.371 Shea Weber (One-timer RH)
Drew Doughty (One-timer RH)
Corey Perry (One-timer RH)
Taylor Hall (One-timer passer)
Daniel Sedin (Passing accuracy)
Johnny Gaudreau (Puck control)
Patrick Kane (Stick handling)
Pekka Rinne (Goalie goal)
Ryan McDonagh (One-timer LH)
Leo Komarov (One-timer LH)
Ryan O'Reilly (One-timer LH)
Jaromir Jagr (One-timer passer)
Evgeny Kuznetsov (Passing accuracy)
Kris Letang (Puck control)
Dylan Larkin (Stick handling)
Ben Bishop (Goalie goal)
1:44.446 2 1:27.687 Mark Giordano (One-timer LH)
James Neal (One-timer LH)
Vladimir Tarasenko (One-timer LH)
Matt Duchene (One-timer passer)
Jamie Benn (Passing accuracy)
Roman Josi (Puck control)
Tyler Seguin (Stick handling)
Devan Dubnyk (Goalie goal)
Event score: 2–1 Team West
Overall score: 10–5 Team East

Hardest Shot[]

In this competition, players skated in from the blue line, and slapped a puck placed 30 feet from the net as fast as possible into the net.

The event consisted of four head-to-head match-ups where each player attempted two shots, with the fastest of their two shots recorded. The winner of each match-up scored one point and the team with the player who had the fastest speed scored one bonus point.

Team East Speed (mph) Heat Speed (mph) Team West
Aaron Ekblad 93.4 1 99.6 Dustin Byfuglien
Evgeni Malkin 97.0 2 95.0 Tyler Seguin
Steven Stamkos 103.9 3 95.9 John Scott
P.K. Subban 102.3 4 108.1 Shea Weber
Event score: 3–2 Team West
Overall score: 12–8 Team East


Eighteen skaters and three goaltenders from each team will participate in the three-round shootout, with each round using six skaters and one goalie from each team.

Teams received two minutes per round, to score as many goals as possible.

NHL shootout rules applied to each scoring attempt. One point was awarded for each goal scored, except for players one and three from each team who were designated "Discover puck players", and goals scored by these players counted as two.

Team East
Roberto Luongo, Round 1
Braden Holtby, Round 2
Cory Schneider, Round 3
Result Result Team West
Devan Dubnyk, Round 1
John Gibson, Round 2
Pekka Rinne, Round 3
Round 1
Evgeni Malkin Goal (x2) Save Patrick Kane
Jaromir Jagr Save Save Matt Duchene
P.K. Subban Save Save Brent Burns
Ryan O'Reilly Save Save Mark Giordano
Leo Komarov Save Save Vladimir Tarasenko
Aaron Ekblad Goal Save Daniel Sedin
Malkin Goal (x2) Save Kane
Jagr Save Save Duchene
Subban Save Save Burns
Round 2
Patrice Bergeron Goal (x2) Goal (x2) Joe Pavelski
Nicklas Backstrom Goal Save Taylor Hall
Steven Stamkos Goal (x2) Save Jamie Benn
Evgeny Kuznetsov Save Save James Neal
Ryan McDonagh Goal Save Johnny Gaudreau
Justin Faulk Goal Save Dustin Byfuglien
Bergeron Goal (x2) Goal (x2) Pavelski
Backstrom Save Save Hall
Save Benn
Round 3
Claude Giroux Goal (x2) Save John Scott
Dylan Larkin Goal Save Shea Weber
John Tavares Save Goal (x2) Tyler Seguin
Kris Letang Save Save Corey Perry
Erik Karlsson Save Save Drew Doughty
Brandon Saad Save Save Roman Josi
Giroux Save Save Scott
Larkin Goal Save Weber
Tavares Save Save Seguin
Save Perry
Event score: 17–4 Team East
Overall score: 29–12 Team East
  • italics = Heat winner
  • bold = Event winner
  • * denotes record