For the third straight season, the Tampa Bay Lightning will have multiple representatives at the 62nd NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles, with defenseman Victor Hedman and forward Nikita Kucherov making their first appearances on one of hockey's biggest stages.
The weekend festivities at Staples Center commence on Saturday with the unveiling of "The NHL 100," honoring the league's best players over the past century, followed by the traditional skills competition, which will be televised live by NBC Sports Network beginning at 7 p.m.
The challenges include Accuracy Shooting, Breakaway Challenge, Fastest Skater, Challenge Relay, Hardest Shot and Shootout.
Hedman will take part in the Hardest Shot Contest and will be a passer in the Skills Challenge Relay. Kucherov will be in both the Fastest Skater and Four Line challenges.
On Sunday, the top players in the NHL will hit the ice with Hedman and Kucherov representing the Atlantic in another installment of the four-team format the league started last year.
The format features a 3-on-3 tournament from the league's four divisions -- Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central and Pacific. The Atlantic and Metropolitan will play each other to represent the Eastern Conference and the winner of the Central and Pacific matchup will determine the Western Conference representative. The winners of each 20-minute game will advance to play in the championship game later that night.
The games will be televised by NBC -- the first network-television broadcast of the All-Star Game since 2004 -- with coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m.
2017 NHL All-Star Weekend
Where: Staples Center - Los Angeles
Lightning Players Represented: D Victor Hedman and F Nikita Kucherov
Skills Competition: Saturday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m. ET - NBC Sports Network (check local listings)
All-Star Game: Sunday, Jan. 29, 3:30 p.m. ET - NBC (Ch. 8 in Tampa/St. Petersburg Market)
Online Stream: NBC Sports Live