Vancouver, B.C. – The Vancouver Canucks are pleased to announce that Head Coach Alain Vigneault has earned a co-coaching position on an All-Star Team for the 58th Annual NHL All-Star Game Sunday, January 30th in Raleigh, NC. Vigneault will join Eastern Conference Head Coach Peter Laviolette of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Under the All-Star Game selection process, the head coaches of the teams with the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points) in the Eastern and Western Conference through games of Saturday, Jan. 8 earn the right to co-lead one of the All-Star teams.
Vigneault's Canucks lead the Western Conference with a points percentage of .738, posting 59 points in 40 games (27-8-5), and are assured of having the West's top points percentage through tonight's action.
Laviolette's Flyers lead the Eastern Conference with a points percentage of .695 following a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils this afternoon, improving to 57 points in 41 games (26-10-5). The Flyers are guaranteed of topping the Eastern Conference. Both Vigneault and Laviolette will be making their All-Star Game debut.
By virtue of winning the 2010 Stanley Cup, Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville will be the head coach of the other All-Star Team. Quenneville will be assisted on the bench by Mike Haviland, his current assistant in Chicago.
The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will mark the first time Carolina has hosted NHL All-Star activities. The League’s mid-season spectacular will take place Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30 and will include Honda NHL SuperSkills® and the 58th NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at the RBC Center. Live television coverage of both nights will be provided by VERSUS in the U.S. and CBC and RDS in Canada.
The Honda SuperSkills® will begin at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will start at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.
As previously announced, the NHL, working in conjunction with the National Hockey League Players’ Association, replaced the traditional conference vs. conference format for the All-Star teams with a player draft that will determine the team rosters for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover as well as the Honda NHL SuperSkills®. The Jan. 28 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco will be televised live nationwide on TSN in Canada and VERSUS in the U.S. at 8 p.m. ET from NHL Fan Fair™ at the Raleigh Convention Center.