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3 Islanders at All-Star Weekend, Everything You Need to Know
The New York Islanders have three players at All-Star Weekend, in forwards Bo Horvat and Brock Nelson, along with netminder Ilya Sorokin.
It’s Friday, which means we are just hours away from the start of All-Star Weekend, which kicks off with a red carpet event at 3 PM, followed by the NHL Skills Competition, beginning 7 PM ET on ESPN.
The NHL All-Star Game begins Saturday at 3 PM ET on ABC with a three-on-three matchup featuring the Pacific Division against the Central Division, followed by the Metropolitan Division against the Atlantic.
“It’s really exciting,” Ilya Sorokin said as he gets set to make his first All-Star appearance. “I’m meeting good people, playing with good people, and stay in good mood.”
Brock Nelson is also a first-time All-Star and is excited to take it all in with his family.
“It’s going to be really fun. My son Beckett he’s almost five, he’s fired up to meet some of the guys. He’s trying to wrap his head around all these teams coming together to play for different teams, so he’s trying to figure that out,” Nelson said. “It will be fun to share the moment with them, my wife, my parents, my grandpa’s coming over, my brother’s coming down, so it will be a fun experience…”
As one can imagine, Bo Horvat, who was an All-Star is 2017, did not get really any questions about being at the game, but about the trade.
NHL Skills Competition
Splash Shot (Taped on Fort Lauderdale Beach on Thursday): Sidney Crosby, PIT; Nathan MacKinnon, COL; Mikko Rantanen, COL; Cale Makar, COL; Igor Shesterkin, NYR; Adam Fox, NYR; Brady Tkachuk, OTT; Matthew Tkachuk, FLA
Pitch’ n Puck (Taped at Plantation Preserve on Wednesday): Johnny Gaudreau, CBJ; Clayton Keller, ARI; Jason Robertson, DAL; Nick Suzuki, MTL
Tendy Tandem — Shooters: Alex Carpenter, Hilary Knight, Emily Clark, Rebecca Johnston, Sarah Nurse; Goalies: Connor Hellebuyck, WPG; Juuse Saros, NSH; Igor Shesterkin, NYR; Stuart Skinner, EDM; Ilya Sorokin, NYI; Logan Thompson, VGK; Linus Ullmark, BOS; Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL
Fastest Skater: Dylan Larkin, DET; Kirill Kaprizov, MIN; Cale Makar, COL; Chandler Stephenson, VGK; Andrei Svechnikov, CAR
Hardest Shot: Rasmus Dahlin, BUF; Seth Jones, CHI; Josh Morrissey, WPG; Alex Ovechkin, WSH; Elias Pettersson, VAN
Breakaway Challenge: Roberto Luongo, FLA/VAN; Mitchell Marner, TOR; Alex Ovechkin, WSH/Sidney Crosby, PIT (teaming up); David Pastrnak, BOS; Matthew Tkachuk, FLA
Accuracy Shooting: Sasha Barkov, FLA; Leon Draisaitl, EDM; Kevin Hayes, PHI; Jack Hughes, NJD; Nazem Kadri, CGY; Nikita Kucherov, TBL; Connor McDavid, EDM; Brock Nelson, NYI; Artemi Panarin, NYR; Vladimir Tarasenko, STL
*Bo Horvat was not chosen to compete in any of the skill events.
For all of the rules of the different events, CLICK HERE
NHL All-Star Game
This is 3-on-3 tournament with two teams (Central vs. Pacific) starting first, with the winner moving into the final against the winner of Game 2 between the Atlantic and Metropolitan.
Nelson and Sorokin will be representing the Metropolitan Division, while Horvat, despite being an Islander, will be representing the Pacific Division.
For the skills competition, Horvat will be donning a 2022-23 New York Islanders Reverse Retro Fisherman jersey and will wearing the Pacific Division’s throwback All-Star sweater for the game, with an Islanders logo. The NHL had to figure out what to do with him on the fly.
The games are 20 minutes long and are single-elimination.
The All-Star festivities are all about the fans, so enjoy every second of it before the New York Islanders get back to playing meaningful games next week, starting with the Philadelphia Flyers, in Philadelphia, on Monday, Feb. 6.
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