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Perron, Oshie, Marner, Hughes named Last Men In winners

Will represent respective divisions at All-Star Game in St. Louis after fan vote

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Staff Writer

David Perron will join St. Louis Blues teammates Ryan O'Reilly, Alex Pietrangelo and Jordan Binnington at the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Enterprise Center in St. Louis on Jan. 25.

Perron was among the four players who won the 2020 NHL All-Star Last Men In presented by adidas fan vote. The forward will be making his first All-Star Game appearance.

"It's really exciting," Perron said. "Thanks to all the people obviously in St. Louis that helped me get here, and also probably other cities, but I'm sure most of the votes came from here in town, and the team helped me out too. They reached I'm sure to different platforms. The [St. Louis Cardinals] helped me out. So it's really cool."

He will play in front of his home fans for the Central Division along with O'Reilly, a center, Pietrangelo, a defenseman, and Binnington, a goalie. Blues coach Craig Berube is the Central coach.

"I was disappointed definitely when it came out, I wasn't there (among the original selections), but right now, with the wait and obviously knowing which guys are going, [Craig] is going, our trainers will be here, I wouldn't want it any other way at the end," Perron said. "It's going to be really fun to bring my family and the kids, and we're really going to enjoy that part."

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The other three players voted in were former Blues forward T.J. Oshie of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan), forward Mitchell Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs (Atlantic), and defenseman Quinn Hughes of the Vancouver Canucks (Pacific). Each will be making his first All-Star Game appearance.

"It feels good. I think it makes it a little bit more special that it's voted on by the fans," said Oshie, who played for the Blues from 2008-15. "Always had a lot of really great support throughout my career here, and in St. Louis especially. So to be going back to St. Louis, there is a pretty cool story."

Oshie joins two Capitals teammates, defenseman John Carlson and goalie Braden Holtby, on the Metropolitan Division roster.

"It feels really good," Oshie said. "It's special for me and my family to be named, and like I said, especially when it's voted by the fans."

Marner, center Auston Matthews, and goalie Frederik Andersen will represent Toronto on the Atlantic Division roster.

"It's awesome," Marner said. "[I've] gotta thank the fans, obviously. It's a great honor. Should be a lot of fun.

"Growing up, you always wish to play in the NHL and wish to kind of get those opportunities to play in the All-Star Game. I'm looking forward to the opportunity."

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Hughes is the third Canucks player representing the Pacific Division, with center Elias Pettersson and goalie Jacob Markstrom.

"I'm excited," Hughes said. "It should be a really exciting weekend. [It's] something I grew up watching. It's a pretty cool event with all the best players there, so I'm looking forward to it." 

The 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place at Enterprise Center on Jan. 24, one day before the game.

"It's pretty cool when you have people voting you in," Hughes said. "There's a lot of good players in a lot of good hockey markets, so I didn't know how good my chances were, and I just kind of went into it thinking whatever happens, it'll be good, but yeah, really cool."

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