Todd Reirden of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan), Bruce Cassidy of the Boston Bruins (Atlantic), Craig Berube of the St. Louis Blues (Central) and Rick Tocchet of the Arizona Coyotes (Pacific) will serve as coaches for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis on Jan. 24-25.
Under the All-Star selection process, the coach of the team with the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points) in each of the four divisions through games Jan. 2, the halfway point of the regular season, will guide the respective All-Star rosters.
Reirden has led the Capitals (.720, 27-9-5) to the top spot in the Metropolitan Division and will coach them for the second straight season. Last year, he guided them to a 7-4 win against the Pacific Division in the first round before a 10-5 win against the Central Division in the final of the 2019 NHL All Star Game in San Jose.
"It's a tremendous honor, really excited about it," Reirden said. "A chance to represent our organization, our players, our team. I couldn't be more honored and fortunate for this opportunity to do this again."
Cassidy of the Bruins (.702, 24-7-11) and Berube of the Blues (.690, 26-10-6) will coach in the All-Star Game for the first time.
"Obviously a reflection of the players and what they've been able to do this year on the ice and I get the benefit of it," Cassidy said. "... I've never been to one so looking forward to it."
Berube, like Cassidy, said it means his players and team have bene performing well this season.
"We've got a good team, that's why I'm coaching," Berube told the Blues website. "Our team has been fantastic this year, we're in first place and that's why I've been named head coach. There have been a lot of great coaches to coach the All-Star Game. This is my first, so I'm excited. It's a great honor."
Tocchet was selected on Jan. 16, one day after the Vegas Golden Knights fired Gerard Gallant as coach. Gallant was originally chosen since Vegas had the highest points percentage in the division (.591); The Coyotes were second ( .581, 23-16-4 ). It will be the first All-Star appearance for Tocchet.
The NHL announced the divisional rosters for 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend on Monday as well as the 2020 NHL All-Star Last Men voting In presented by adidas, which now is open.
The 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend again will consist of a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, featuring four teams, one for each NHL division.
The 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Competition will take place at Enterprise Center on Jan. 24 (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS), one day before the game on Jan. 25 (8 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).