BOSTON - The National Hockey League announced today, January 3, that Boston Bruins Head Coach Bruce Cassidy has been named the head coach for the Atlantic Division team at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game.
Todd Reirden (Washingon Capitals, Metropolitan Division), Craig Berube (St. Louis Blues, Central Division) and Gerard Gallant (Vegas Golden Knights, Pacific Division) were also selected as All-Star head coaches, alongside Cassidy. Under the All-Star selection process, the head coach of the team with the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points) in each of the four divisions through games of Thursday, January 2 - the halfway point of the regular season - will guide the respective All-Star rosters.
Cassidy has led the Bruins to a 24-7-11 record through 42 games this season, tied for the most points (59) in the National Hockey League. The Bruins lead the league in goals against per game (2.40), are ranked second in penalty kill percentage (85.4), third in power play percentage (27.2), eighth in faceoff win percentage (50.7) and 10th in goals per game (3.31).
Under Cassidy's guidance, both of the Bruins netminders rank in the Top 10 in the NHL in both goals against average and save percentage, as Jaroslav Halak has produced a 2.20 GAA (4th, NHL) and .930 Save % (3rd, NHL), and Tuukka Rask has compiled a 2.30 GAA (7th, NHL) and .923 Save % (8th, NHL). Offensively, Cassidy's team features the league's leading goal scorer in David Pastrnak (30), as well as Brad Marchand , who ranks fifth in the NHL in points (59) and third in the NHL in assists (39). Pastrnak and Rask will both join Cassidy in representing the Bruins in St. Louis.