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MacKINNON HEADS TO HOLLYWOOD: Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon will represent Colorado at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles Jan. 28-29, the first all-star selection for the fourth-year pro. MacKinnon leads the Avs with 21 assists and 32 points this season. The weekend's festivities include the All-Star Skills Competition and the All-Star Game, which will be a three-game tournament with a $1 million winner-take-all prize.
THE FORMAT: The 2017 NHL All-Star Game will be a three-game tournament played in a 3-on-3 format. The tournament will feature four teams, one from each division, made up of 11 players each. Each game in the tournament will be 20 minutes in length, and games that are tied after 20 minutes will be decided by a shootout. The winners of each semifinal game will square off in a winner-take-all $1 million matchup.
THE SKILLS COMPETITION: This year, each division's All-Star team will compete for the right to select both their first opponent of the tournament and when their semifinal game will be played - first or second on Sunday.
AVS AT THE ALL-STAR GAME: MacKinnon is the 39th all-star selection in Avalanche history and the 65th selection in the history of the franchise (25th player). Joe Sakic is the franchise's all-time leader in all-star selections with 13. Of players currently on Colorado's roster, center Matt Duchene and defenseman Erik Johnson have previously represented the Avs, as Duchene was selected in 2010-11 and 2015-16 and Johnson was chosen to play in 2014-15 but missed the game due to injury.
Wednesday, January 25 vs. Vancouver Canucks
Pepsi Center, 7:30 p.m. MT, TV: Altitude, Radio: AM 950, Altitude Sports
Colorado plays its last game before the All-Star Break on Wednesday, hosting the Vancouver Canucks at Pepsi Center. It will be the third and final meeting of the season between the former Northwest Division rivals. The Avs are 0-1-1 in the first two games, falling 3-2 in a shootout at home on Nov. 26 and by the same score in regulation on Jan. 2 at Vancouver. Eleven different players have registered a point against the Canucks in the 2016-17 campaign.
On Tuesday afternoon, Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg and defenseman Patrick Wiercioch will play games, take photos and sign autographs with children who are undergoing treatment at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes (BDC). The BDC is one of the largest diabetes institutes in the world and specializes in Type 1 Diabetes research and care for children and adults. The Children's Diabetes Foundation (CDF) is a community partner of the Avalanche Charity Brunchm, hosted by the Avs Better Halves, which is set to take place on March 12, 2017.
AHL All-Star Lowdown
San Antonio Rampage forward A.J. Greer and goaltender Spencer Martin were selected to the Pacific Division roster for the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic, which will be held Jan. 29-30 in Allentown, Pa. It's the first time in franchise history that San Antonio has had two rookie players selected to represent the team in the All-Star Classic. Martin is the first Rampage goaltender in the history of the franchise to be selected.
Similar to the NHL's game, the AHL All-Star Game will also be a 3-on-3 tournament. Each division will be represented by a team comprised of 10 skaters and two goaltenders. The teams will play a round-robin tournament featuring six 10-minute games. The two teams with the best records at the end of the round-robin will face off for the championship, a six-minute game also played at 3-on-3.
"To be honest, it's a little bit more relaxed than I would have expected. Thinking about your first NHL game, you expect to have a ton of nerves, but so far I'm just really happy and really excited I get a chance to play in this league." - Avalanche goaltender Spencer Martin on making his NHL debut
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