Colorado Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen has been selected to participate in his first career NHL All-Star Game, the league announced today. Rantanen will join teammate Nathan MacKinnon on the Central Division roster for the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Game, which will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the SAP Center in San Jose, California (6 p.m. MT, NBC). The players will also compete in the SAP NHL All-Star Skills event the night before on Friday, Jan. 25 (7 p.m. MT, NBCSN).
This year marks the first time that two Avalanche players will participate in an NHL All-Star Game since 2010-11 (Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny). MacKinnon was voted by the fans as captain of the Central Division, the first Avalanche player to serve as an All-Star Game captain since Joe Sakic wore the 'C' for the Western Conference at the 2007 event in Dallas. MacKinnon is the first Colorado player to be selected to three straight All-Star Games since Rob Blake from 2001-02 to 2003-04.