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.