1. AN LA STORY
Wayne Simmonds returns to the place where he began his NHL career, drafted by the LA Kings in the second round (61st overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft… This is his first All-Star appearance and will be the lone Flyer representing the team for the Metropolitan Division.
Simmonds earns his first bid at the NHL's midseason classic by recording a team-leading 21 goals, which is tied for ninth among all players, while also ranking second in the NHL with 10 power-play goals. His 38 points through 50 games sits third on the Flyers.
"It's pretty meaningful. I think if you look at some of the guys on this team who are deserving to be all-star. I'm getting my first opportunity. It's pretty special to me and I just want to thank all my teammates, coaching staff and everyone in the organization for making this possible."
2. ONE HUNDRED
During the All Star festivities, the National Hockey League will host a special and unique event honoring the past 100 years of hockey. A gala to celebrate the 100 greatest players in NHL history will be held at the Microsoft Theater and feature in-person, the greatest collection of hockey legends ever assembled for an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime event, hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor Jon Hamm.
Fans can watch live beginning at 6:30 p.m. PT, 9:30 p.m. on the east coast on NBCSN.
Which Flyers great will be there and make the cut? We'll find out on Friday evening, but for a more in depth look, check out the official Flyers Archive and Alumni Page
3. SKILLS TO THRILL
One of the main highlights of the weekend is when the players get to have a little fun with some light-hearted competition on the ice showcasing their talents in the Skills Competition. Which exact skills Simmonds will be participating in won't be announced until the afternoon on Saturday, but each team captain (determined by the NHL Fan Vote) will determine which players will participate in the six events:
- Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay
- Honda NHL Four Line Challenge
- DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting
- Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater
- Oscar Mayer NHL Hardest Shot
- Discover NHL Shootout
The captains are Carey Price (Atlantic), P.K. Subban (Central), Sidney Crosby (Metropolitan) and Connor McDavid (Pacific).
The 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. on the east coast, on NBCSN.
4. STOP ON BY
For hockey fans everywhere attending the weekend in LA, the Convention Center's West Hall will host the official fan festival of All-Star Weekend. This event includes interactive hockey fun for the public from family-friendly interactive games, special appearances, trophy & memorabilia displays and other exciting activities.
"It's kind of surreal. Makes me think of when I was a young kid, watching all the All-Star games and all the great players who've played in it and to be even mentioned in the same breath as All Stars in the NHL is pretty special and it's a great accomplishment."
The Fan Fair is a ticketed event with all attractions included with the price of admission. For More on the activities, watch below:
NHL All-Star Fan
5. ONE. MILLION. DOLLARS
Simmonds will get a chance to develop his overtime skills with and against some of the league's best as the All Star Game format will be a 3 on 3 tournament for the second straight year. The winning team (separated by Divisions, not Conferences) will take home a top prize of 1 million dollars.
Each team will be made up of 11 players from each division: six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders. Each game in the tournament will be 20 minutes in length and should there be a tie after 20 minutes, the game will be decided by a shootout.
Said Simmonds: "I've played quite a bit this year. I don't think I'm the greatest at 3 on 3, but I can adjust a little bit, right?"
Catch the action on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 12:30 p.m. PT, 3:30 p.m. on the east coast on NBC.