With the NHL’s All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, Mo. ready to commence on Jan. 24, the results of the league’s fan vote for each division’s team captain are now out.
On Saturday, the league announced Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (Atlantic), Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (Central), Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (Metropolitan) and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (Pacific) are the 2020 All-Star captains.
Fans were able to vote for which player should represent each division from Nov. 30 to Dec. 20, which also determined the first roster spots for the game, which takes place from Jan. 24-25.
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This marks McDavid’s fourth consecutive season serving as the All-Star captain, Ovechkin’s third consecutive season and MacKinnon’s third overall. Pastrnak is the only captain who hasn’t worn the “C” yet at the All-Star weekend.
All four players are among the league’s top scorers — McDavideads the league in scoring with 60 points through 39 games, with MacKinnon and Pastrnak also in the 50-point club. Pastrnak leads the NHL in goal-scoring (28), while Ovechkin has 22 goals and 35 points thus far in 2019-20.
Aside from each division’s captain, fan voting has no leverage in All-Star game roster decisions. Each division’s roster will consist of 11 players determined by the NHL’s Hockey Operations department, and each division head coach will be decided by which team in each division has the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points).
The All-Star skills competition will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m. ET, with the annual three-on-three tournament taking place on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. ET. Both events will take place at Enterprise Stadium in St. Louis.