NEW YORK (Jan. 9, 2015) -- Darryl Sutter of the Los Angeles Kings and Peter Laviolette of the Nashville Predators will serve as head coaches for the 2015 Honda NHL® All-Star Game in Columbus, the National Hockey League announced today.
As head coach of the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings, Sutter will direct the other All-Star Team and be accompanied by members of his Los Angeles coaching staff.
Under the All-Star selection process, the head coach of the team with the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points) in the NHL through games of Saturday, Jan. 10 -- the halfway point of the regular season -- earns the right to lead one of the All-Star teams.
Laviolette will be making his second career NHL All-Star appearance, having shared coaching duties with Vancouver's Alain Vigneault for Team Nicklas Lidstrom in their 11-10 win over Team Eric Staal at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh. Sutter will be making his All-Star debut behind the bench.
The Columbus Blue Jackets® and city of Columbus will host the 2015 NHL All-Star festivities, Jan. 24-25, marking a first for the city and Club. The League’s midseason showcase will include the Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, Jan. 24 (4 p.m. PT, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports) and the Honda NHL® All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 25 (2 p.m. PT, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports). Fans can join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by using the official hashtag #NHLAllStar.