ST. LOUIS - This likely won't come as a big surprise, but Ryan O'Reilly will represent the St. Louis Blues at the 2019 NHL All-Star Game later this month.
"It's exciting news," O'Reilly told stlouisblues.com just minutes after learning from Blues Head Coach Craig Berube that he would be headed to the mid-season showcase. "To get to go to the All-Star Game is obviously something special. I look forward to it, it's always a good time."
The League announced the 2019 NHL All-Stars on NBC Sports Network prior to the Wednesday Night Hockey matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers.
The 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend will be held at SAP Center in San Jose, where the best players from each division will compete in a 3-on-3 tournament for bragging rights on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. CT on NBC. Each team will be made up of 11 players from their respective divisions: six forwards, three defensemen and two goalies. The weekend will also include the NHL All-Star Skills competition on Friday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. CT (NBCSN).
O'Reilly will be making his second career appearance at the All-Star Game. His first was back in 2016 when the game was held at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
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"Playing the 3-on-3 was fun, and playing with some of the most skilled guys in the game, it was quite an exciting day," O'Reilly said. "It's still competitive, it's not just going through the motions. You're out there trying to win, and you see some exciting hockey… it was a fun experience. I'm very excited for it.
"It's an honor to represent the Blues."
After being acquired in a trade from the Buffalo Sabres in the offseason, O'Reilly has impressed in his first year with the Blues. Through 37 games, O'Reilly leads the team in goals (15), assists (20), points (35) and plus/minus (+6). He ranks third in the League in face-off wins (500) and has won at least 15 face-offs in a game 15 times this season.
O'Reilly will join Chicago's Patrick Kane, Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler, Dallas' Miro Heiskanen, Nashville's Pekka Rinne and Roman Josi and Minnesota's Devan Dubnyk on the Central Division All-Star team.
While this year's All-Star Game takes place in San Jose, the NHL announced Tuesday that the 2020 NHL All-Star Game will be held at Enterprise Center in St. Louis. Fans can sign up now to be notified when tickets become available at stlouisblues.com/allstar.