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2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

All-Star collection of talent set for selection in 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft

Wednesday, 01.25.2012 / 1:22 PM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

NHL.com

NEW YORK/TORONTO -- Fifty of the best hockey players in the world -- 38 NHL All-Stars and 12 of the League's top rookies -- will be up for selection this week in the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft™, the format of which was announced by the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) today. The Draft will be televised on TSN and RDS in Canada and NBC Sports Network in the United States on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m., ET, from the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau-Ottawa, Quebec.

The 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft™ will divide the All-Stars and rookies into two teams for the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend in Ottawa, Jan. 26-29: Team Alfredsson, led by captain Daniel Alfredsson of the All-Star host Ottawa Senators and his assistant captain Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers; and Team Chara, featuring captain Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins and his assistant captain Joffrey Lupul of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The teams will compete in the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition™, at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m., ET, and the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL® All-Star Game, at Scotiabank Place on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 4 p.m., ET. Live television coverage of both events will be provided by CBC and RDS in Canada and NBC Sports Network in the United States.
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Pominville excited to spend time among All-Stars

Wednesday, 01.25.2012 / 11:22 AM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

"I think meeting the guys and playing the actual game ... being able to be in the locker room and talk to a few guys and see what they have to say is going to be great." -- Jason Pominville

NEWARK, N.J. -- Despite the fact Buffalo Sabres captain Jason Pominville is in the midst of the most trying season of his career, he's certainly proven himself worthy to skate alongside the best the League has to offer at the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa on Sunday.
 
Pominville has notched at least one point in 34 of Buffalo's 49 games this season on the way to leading the team in assists (30) and points (47). Buffalo is 11-4-0 this season when Pominville scores a goal, and he's been held pointless in consecutive games only twice this season.
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Nabby, Gretzky, Bowman have some All-Star numbers

Wednesday, 01.25.2012 / 10:11 AM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game comes to Ottawa, and for the second year in a row, the teams will be picked by captains (and former teammates) Daniel Alfredsson and Zdeno Chara.

After the All-Star Player Fantasy Draft on Thursday and the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL Skills Competition on Saturday, the puck will drop at Scotiabank Place for the big game on Sunday (4 p.m. ET, NBCSP, CBC, RDS).

The game has evolved from the early days, when defense and goaltending dominated. For most of the past two decades, it's been an offensive bonanza and a nightmare for the goaltenders -- though happily for the goalies, they now play just one period apiece.
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Kovalchuk not surprised by Ovechkin decision

Tuesday, 01.24.2012 / 5:59 PM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils forward Ilya Kovalchuk wasn't too surprised by the news that fellow Russian Alex Ovechkin was deciding to sit out the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa this weekend.
 
On Tuesday, Ovechkin decided to remove himself from the event for fear he would become a distraction after being handed a three-game suspension by the League.
 
"You never know what's going on in his head now," Kovalchuk told NHL.com. "Obviously, he's upset because it's three games. But that's his decision and he's a grown man and he decided to take a couple of days off and get ready for the second half instead."
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Wall-to-wall TV coverage for All-Star Weekend

Tuesday, 01.24.2012 / 4:52 PM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Hockey fans won't have to move far from their television to catch all the happenings during All-Star Weekend in Ottawa.

A four-day hockey extravaganza starts Thursday at 5 p.m. ET on the NHL Network with NHL Live: At the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend. The two-hour show will feature a number of this year's All-Stars as well as other key personalities from around the hockey world.

That leads into the NHL Network's hour-long 2012 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft preview show at 7 p.m., where the Network's cast of analysts will make their selections before Team Chara and Team Alfredsson make the official ones.

At 8 p.m., the players will be front and center for the 2012 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft. Daniel Alfredsson and his assistant, Henrik Lundqvist, will put their selection skills to the test against Zdeno Chara and his assistant, Joffrey Lupul. Who will be the first player picked? Who will be the last? Will teammates be separated? Will brothers? Watch the drama unfold on the NBC Sports Network in the United States and TSN in Canada.
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Elliott comes full circle with All-Star appearance

Tuesday, 01.24.2012 / 4:45 PM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

Brian Elliott
Goalie - STL
RECORD: 15-5-1
GAA: 1.68 | SVP: 0.937
ST. LOUIS -- Brian Elliott was going to spend some quiet time relaxing at his home in Wisconsin doing nothing special this weekend.

However, the St. Louis Blues goalie had to alter those plans: Good-bye couch, hello rink.

"I wasn't going on a beach vacation or anything like that," Elliott said. "I was going to some cold weather anyway. Why not make it a little colder?"

Yeah, why not, since Elliott will be spending his weekend with the rest of the League's stars at the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa.
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Ovechkin opts out of NHL All-Star Weekend

Tuesday, 01.24.2012 / 2:06 PM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will not be in Ottawa for the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game.

Ovechkin decided to remove himself from the event Tuesday, citing that he will be in the middle of a three-game suspension.

"My heart is not there. I am suspended, so why I have to go there?" Ovechkin said. "I love the game. It is a great event. I love to be there. I am suspended. I don't want to be a target. I feel like I'm not deserving to be there right now because I am suspended."

Capitals general manager George McPhee said the team supports Ovechkin's decision.
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NHL announces performers for All-Star Game

Tuesday, 01.24.2012 / 12:32 PM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The 2012 Tim Hortons NHL® All-Star Game in will feature performances from Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum selling recording artist Drake; singer and rapper Outasight; and winner of the inaugural season of NBC's "The Voice," Javier Colon, the National Hockey League announced today.   Live television coverage of the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL® All-Star Game at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa will be provided by CBC and RDS in Canada and the NBC Sports Network in the United States at 4 p.m. ET.

Drake will perform during the second intermission of the Tim Hortons NHL® All-Star Game. Outasight will perform his hit single, "Tonight is the Night," during the NHL All-Star player introductions. Colon and long-time Ottawa Senators anthem singer, Lyndon Slewidge, will perform the U.S. and Canadian national anthems, respectively.

Drake released his second studio album, Take Care, in November 2011 and it debuted on the BILLBOARD Top 200 chart at No. 1 with more than 630,000 units sold. The critically acclaimed sophomore album was the follow-up to Drake's first studio album Thank Me Later, which also debuted at number one on the BILLBOARD Albums chart in 2010 and went platinum. Originally from Toronto, Drake is a two-time Juno Award winner and is currently nominated for three 2012 Grammy awards. 

Born Richard Andrew in Yonkers, New York, Outasight weaves together the cadenced sounds of popular hip-hop and indie rock with the poignant sensibility of classic pop and soul music to create a fresh, new sound that is all his own. His single, "Tonight Is The Night," is one of the hottest songs in the country, climbing both the pop radio and iTunes charts at a rapid pace. The single gained momentum when it was added to the soundtrack for Pepsi's "Music Icons" TV campaign. Outasight is currently planning to release his debut full length album with Warner Bros. Records. 
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Ottawa embraces chance to shine at All-Star Weekend

Tuesday, 01.24.2012 / 11:58 AM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- As the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa approaches, the city is basking in the spotlight of hockey's midseason spectacle and promising to bring a unique flavor to the event.

"We'll try to be (and offer) exactly what we are," Ottawa Senators president Cyril Leeder said. "A slice of Canadiana and a true winter experience."

The All-Star Weekend events actually begin Thursday with a trophy procession down the Rideau Canal and continue throughout the weekend before the conclusion arrives with Sunday afternoon's game at ScotiaBank Place.

Throughout what should be a busy weekend, Ottawa is determined to put its stamp on the League's annual showcase -- an opportunity that has been years in the making. 
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Flyers' Hartnell in for Toews on All-Star roster

Tuesday, 01.24.2012 / 11:30 AM / 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Scott Hartnell
Left Wing - PHI
GOALS: 25 | ASST: 19 | PTS: 44
SOG: 126 | +/-: 18
Scott Hartnell's best week ever just got even better.

First, the Flyers' forward had a five-goal weekend, including a natural hat trick Sunday against the Boston Bruins. And both games came with his father, Bill, in attendance as part of a father-and-son trip hosted by the team.

On Monday he was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week.
And Tuesday, he received an invitation to the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game, the first All-Star Game invite of his NHL career.
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