ST. LOUIS - Alex Pietrangelo, Ryan O'Reilly, Jordan Binnington, David Perron and Craig Berube are headed to the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis!
Pietrangelo, O'Reilly and Binnington were named to the Central Division's initial All-Star roster on Dec. 30. Later, Perron was added after winning the Central Division's fan vote on the Last Men In ballot. Berube will serve as the head coach after leading the Blues to first place in the division at the season's midway point.
"It's special, especially to have that opportunity with (the game) being in St. Louis," Pietrangelo told stlouisblues.com. "It's a pretty special deal to be able to do this at home, and it's going to be more fun sharing the opportunity with my family."
"It's pretty exciting," Binnington said of being selected for his first NHL All-Star Game. "We'll have a lot of fans on our side. It should be a lot of fun."
The 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend will be held Jan. 24-25 at Enterprise Center, marking the first time since 1988 that St. Louis has played host to the event. The All-Star Game, which consists of a 3-on-3 hockey tournament with teams from each division, will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 and will be broadcast live on NBC. The All-Star Skills Competition will pit the NHL All-Stars in a variety of exciting skills showcases on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network.
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"The best part is those 3-on-3 games, and you see the amount of skill that's there, the plays, the saves guys are making," O'Reilly said. "You're seeing elite players all around the League. It's cool to watch that go down. I know here, the excitement around it, it will be nice to show the rest of the world how much of a hockey town St. Louis is."
Pietrangelo will be making his second NHL All-Star appearance after representing the Blues at the 2018 NHL All-Star Game in Tampa Bay. The 29-year-old defenseman became the first Blues player in franchise history to lift the Stanley Cup in June. He ranks second in franchise history in goals by a defensemen (105) and second in assists (328), trailing only Al MacInnis in both categories. Through 45 games this season, Pietrangelo has 12 goals and 23 assists (35 points) and ranks first among defensemen in both categories.
O'Reilly will be making his second consecutive NHL All-Star appearance after also representing the Blues at the 2019 NHL All-Star Game in San Jose. O'Reilly registered seven points (two goals, five assists) in last year's midseason showcase and was one of four finalists for the All-Star Game's most valuable player honor. Through 45 games this season, O'Reilly has eight goals and ranks second on the club with 40 points.
Binnington will be making his first NHL All-Star appearance after arriving in the NHL midway through last season. The Blues' goaltender became the first rookie goalie in NHL history to collect all 16 wins in the Stanley Cup Playoffs en route to capturing the Stanley Cup. This season, Binnington has played in 32 games and is 21-7-4 with a 2.49 goals-against average, a .917 save-percentage and one shutout.
As of Jan. 11, Perron led the Blues in goals (19) and points (45). The 31-year-old previously played in two NHL YoungStars games but will be making his first appearance at the NHL All-Star Game this season.
To learn more about All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, visit stlouisblues.com/allstar