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by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – P.K. Subban is headed to the 2016 NHL All-Star Game in Nashville.

On Wednesday, the former Norris Trophy winner was named to the Atlantic Division’s 11-man squad for the mid-season showcase at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday, Jan. 31. He was one of 40 players selected by the League’s Hockey Operations Department.

The 26-year-old will be one of three rearguards plying their trade on the club’s blue line during the 3-on-3 tournament that will be pitting the NHL’s four divisions against one another in a winner-take-all format. Every squad will also feature six forwards along with two goaltenders. Subban’s club will be captained by veteran Florida Panthers winger Jaromir Jagr. Captains were selected by a fan vote.

The Atlantic Division will face the Metropolitan Division in one semifinal, while the Central Division will face the Pacific Division in the other semifinal game. The winners will then play in the championship game with a $1 million prize up for grabs.

Games will be 20 minutes in length, and will be decided by a shootout if tied after the alotted time.

The Canadiens’ No. 76 will be making his second trip to the NHL All-Star Game. He last attended back in 2011 when the contest was held in Raleigh, NC. Back then, Subban was named as a rookie replacement. He took part solely in the NHL Skills Competition, putting on quite a show as he sported Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner’s jersey during the shootout portion of the event to the delight of home crowd.

The Toronto native is the Canadiens’ top point-getter on the back end so far this year with 27 points in 41 games. He also leads Michel Therrien’s contingent in ice time, assists and plus-minus differential.

Subban has been named to the NHL’s season-ending First All-Star Team on two occasions, accomplishing the feat in both 2013 and 2015, respectively.


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