It was the reason the NHL had congregated in Los Angeles. Today, the NHL All Star 3-on-3 Tournament was held at Staples Center, pitting the NHL's four divisions against each other.
The day's festivities began with some warmups, where hockey's funnest team once again showed off their personality.
Next up was meeting some legends, including one of the game's greatest defensemen.
At last year's All-Star Game, the San Jose Sharks and the rest of the Pacific dominated the new 3-on-3 tournament on their way to winning the Championship. The West Coast squad looked to defend their title, though sans NHL All-Star MVP John Scott.
First up for the Pacific was the Central Division. Both teams filled to the brim with All-Stars, with the Central seemingly having the edge due to having three of the top 100 players in NHL history, as announced on Friday. But the Pacific Division was considered to be the underdog last year as well.
The Pacific Division ended up dominating the game, with each of the Sharks players getting in on the scoring. Yes, Martin Jones earned a point as well.
The Pacific won by an overwhelming score of 10-3, moving them on to the championship.
Game two between the Atlantic and Metropolitain Divisions was a lot more close of a game. The Metropolitian Division came out on top though. It was time for the championship game...but not quite.
A special guest performance by Nick Jonas intrigued not only the fans but players as well. Brent Burns was caught sneaking on to the ice to watch the performance!
Game. Set. Match! It was go-time for the Pacific and Metropolitan Divisions. San Jose Sharks captain, Joe Pavelski put the Pacific on the board first with a beauty of a back-handed shot.
The Pacific held the lead for majority of the game until the tide turned after a disallowed goal. The Metropolitan team came back and took a 4-3 victory for the NHL All-Star champion title.
Although the Pacific didn't defend their title, they sure did have the best fans present! Both Pavelski's and Burn's families cheered on from the stands.
No fancy winnings or MVP shoulder lifts this year but, it sure was one heck a weekend representing the San Jose Sharks in Los Angeles!