Noah Hanifin is headed to the Sunshine State with the NHL’s best.
The NHL on Wednesday announced its rosters for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game held in Tampa, Florida at the end of this month, and Hanifin will represent the Carolina Hurricanes on the Metropolitan Division roster.
Hanifin has improved steadily since making his NHL debut in 2015. Now in his third season, Hanifin has recorded seven goals and 14 assists for 21 points in 42 games. His puck possession numbers have been good, posting a 57% Corsi at even strength. This is Hanifin’s first All-Star selection (and most likely not his last).
As part of his entry-level contract, Hanifin will also receive a bonus for his All-Star selection:
He will join the Metropolitan Division team alongside some pretty impressive company:
- Josh Bailey, Islanders
- Sidney Crosby, Penguins
- Claude Giroux, Flyers
- Taylor Hall, Devils
- Alex Ovechkin (Team Captain), Capitals
- John Tavares, Islanders
- Seth Jones, Blue Jackets
- Kris Letang, Penguins
- Braden Holtby, Capitals
- Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers
The Hurricanes press release is below:
NOAH HANIFIN SELECTED FOR NHL ALL-STAR GAME
20-year-old leads Carolina defensemen in scoring
The National Hockey League today announced that Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Noah Hanifin will represent the Metropolitan Division at the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend, to take place from Jan. 27-28 in Tampa. It marks Hanifin’s first appearance in the event.
Hanifin, 20, leads Hurricanes defensemen in goals (7), assists (14) and points (21). The Boston native ranks eighth among NHL blueliners in goals (7). Selected by the Hurricanes in the first round, fifth overall, at the 2015 NHL Draft, Hanifin is in his third NHL season and has totaled 15 goals and 57 assists (72 points) in 202 career games for Carolina.
A product of the United States National Team Development Program, Hanifin has represented his country at a number of international tournaments, including the 2015 World Junior Championship and the 2016 and 2017 IIHF World Championships. He won gold at the 2014 U18 World Junior Championships, ranking tied for second among tournament defensemen in scoring.
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