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Need to Know: All-Star Weekend

Marchand, Rask are making their first career appearances

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - For the first time since 2012, the Bruins will have multiple players representing the organization at the NHL All-Star Game, with Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask both making their first career appearances.

It will be a jam-packed weekend for the duo, who will travel to Los Angeles for the festivities at Staples Center.

"It should be fun," said Marchand, who has 11 goals in his last 11 games and is now fifth in the league in scoring with 49 points.

"I'm excited about it. It's something that I never thought I'd be able to experience. I'm going to enjoy every second of it.

"My family is going to be there. It should be fun to have them there watching and enjoying it with me. Looking forward to it."

Video: Marchand, Rask heading to NHL All-Star Weekend

Rask, who is second in the league in shutouts (five) and sixth in goals against average (2.15), is hoping to enjoy a bit of relaxation as well.

"It will be a nice experience," said Rask. "It will be a fun trip for sure - at least it's not that stressful. You know, you can kind of relax and have some fun and just enjoy your time there.

"You don't have to worry about getting the results, I guess."

Here is a full rundown of the weekend, which you can follow across all of the Bruins social channels (Twitter: @NHLBruins; Instagram: nhlbruins; Snapchat: bruinsnhl; Facebook: facebook.com/NHLBruins):

Friday, January 27

8 p.m. EST: NHL 100 Media Availability

Bruins legend Bobby Orr will meet with the media prior to the NHL 100 gala at Microsoft Theater.

9:30 p.m.-11 p.m. EST: The NHL 100, presented by GEICO (NBCSN)

During the gala, hosted by actor Jon Hamm, the 100 Greatest NHL players will be revealed as part of the league's centennial celebration. The first 33 players - which included those who played the bulk of their careers prior to 1966 - were unveiled at the Centennial Classic in Toronto earlier this month. The Bruins had three players on the list: Johnny Bucyk, Milt Schmidt, and Eddie Shore.

Saturday, January 28

1:30 p.m.-2:10 p.m. EST: 2017 NHL All-Star Media Day

Marchand and Rask will meet with the media during this time.

5:15 p.m. EST: 2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout

The game will pit a team of NHL legends against celebrities in a friendly matchup at STAPLES Center. Both teams will wear jerseys that will feature a patch dedicated to lifelong hockey fan and beloved TV actor Alan Thicke.

Legends Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux will coach the teams.

7:00 p.m. EST: 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition (NBCSN)

Fan-elected captains, Carey Price (Atlantic Division), P.K. Subban (Central Division), Sidney Crosby (Metropolitan Division), and Connor McDavid (Pacific Division) will guide the team selection process to determine which players will participate in the six events. Each of the 44 All-Stars will compete in at least one of the six rounds of skill-based contests, which are:

• Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay (Marchand will participate in the puck control leg)
• Honda NHL Four Line Challenge
• DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting
• Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater (Marchand will participate)
• Oscar Mayer NHL Hardest Shot
• Discover NHL Shootout

Sunday, January 29

3:30 p.m. EST: 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game (NBC)

The All-Star Game will once again feature a 3-on-3 format. Teams representing each of the NHL's four divisions (Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central, and Pacific) will play a single-elimination tournament. Each game will consist of two 10-minute halves.

Rask and Marchand will suit up for the Atlantic Division team, which will be coached by Montreal Canadiens bench boss Michel Therrien.

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