COLUMBUS, OHIO - Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno and Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews have been named team captains for the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game® at Nationwide Arena on January 25, the league and club announced today. Foligno will captain the All-Star home team, now designated as Team Foligno, with Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty serving as assistant captains, while Toews will lead the All-Star visiting team, now designated as Team Toews, with assistant captains Rick Nash of the New York Rangers and Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks.
Foligno, Toews and their assistants will be charged with selecting their squads at the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft TM presented by DraftKings on Friday, January 23 at 8 p.m. The draft will be held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and televised live in the United States on NBC Sports Network and in Canada on Rogers Sportsnet and TVA.
Foligno, 27, has registered a career-high 18 goals and 22 assists for 40 points with 20 penalty minutes in 39 games this season. He leads the club in goals and points and is among the NHL’s leaders in goals (12th-tied), points (15th-tied), power play goals (nine, third-tied) and power play points (20, third).
The Buffalo, New York native has collected 103-143-246 and 443 penalty minutes in 505 career games with the Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators, including 42-56-98 and 144 penalty minutes in 154 games with Columbus after being acquired from Ottawa on July 1, 2012.
Foligno will be joined by Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky when 2015 NHL All-Star festivities come to Columbus January 24-25. The League’s midseason showcase will include the Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, January 24 (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) and the Honda NHL All-Star Game® on Sunday, January 25 (5 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). Fans can join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using the official hashtag #NHLAllStar.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they host the Montreal Canadiens. Game time from Nationwide Arena is 7 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 6:30 p.m. The game also will be broadcast live on the Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan, and online at BlueJackets.com.