I’m not going to ever take these things for granted. I think it’s a big honour for the both of us to be going back. I’m going to have a lot of fun with it and enjoy it, but don’t take anything for granted. - Mark Giordano
CALGARY, AB -- Johnny Gaudreau and Mark Giordano are going All-Starring. Again.
For a second consecutive season, the pair will represent the Calgary Flames at the NHL All-Star Game.
“It’s really exciting,” Giordano said. “I’m not going to ever take these things for granted. I think it’s a big honour for the both of us to be going back. I’m going to have a lot of fun with it and enjoy it, but don’t take anything for granted.”
Full rosters were announced Wednesday.
Gaudreau, 22, leads the Flames in goals (17), assists (22) and points (39) and was named the NHL’s First Star for the month of December. Overall, Gaudreau is eighth in NHL scoring, fifth in even strength points (32), third in points on home ice (29), second in goals at home (15), second in overtime goals (3) and third in game-winning goals (5).
“It’s exciting,” Gaudreau said. “It’s going to be a fun time. It’s a cool honour to be going back to the All-Star Game.”
Giordano, 32, has 10 goals and 23 points in 39 games for the Flames. His 10 goals are fifth among NHL defencemen, and his 23 points place him 18th among all blueliners. Giordano averages 24:18 of ice time per game, 21st in the League.
“I think it’s going to be different this year with the different format,” Giordano said. “I’m looking forward to that. I think it’s easier in the sense that getting family there, and you know a little bit more about how to organize hotel rooms. It’s just as exciting as the last one.”
Each division’s roster is comprised of six forwards, three defencemen and two goalies. One player from each division was voted onto the team by fans, and will serve as team captains. The remaining 40 players were selected from the NHL’s Hockey Operations Department. Each NHL team is represented at the All-Star Game.
The game will feature a 3-on-3 tournament pitting the four divisions against one another. The Atlantic Division will face the Metropolitan Division in one semifinal and the Central Division will face the Pacific Division in the other semifinal. The winners play in the championship game.
Games will be 20 minutes in length and will be decided by a shootout if tied after the 20 minutes.