The state of Florida is hosting two all-star exhibitions today - but only one of them has a million bucks on the line.
44 players are in Tampa today for the NHL All-Star tournament, featuring three-on-three mini games between the divisions that will end with one team returning home with a share of the $1 million top prize. Last night’s skills competition saw demonstrations like Brock Boeser besting even Sidney Crosby at the accuracy shooting, Johnny Gaudreau posting a time going first in the puck control relay that no one else could match, and Alex Ovechkin becoming the first forward to win the hardest shot competition in 16 years.
What impact will that have today? Probably nothing, but what the heck, let’s pretend we have some storylines anyway.
Here are the rosters for the four teams. The two Western Conference teams will play each other first, followed by the two divisions from the East, and the winners will face off for the million dollar bonus.
Coach: Peter Laviolette (Predators)
Pekka Rinne (Predators)
Connor Hellebuyck (Jets)
Coach: Gerard Gallant (Golden Knights)
Marc-Andre Fleury (Golden Knights)
Mike Smith (Flames)
Coach: Barry Trotz (Capitals)
Henrik Lundqvist (Rangers)
Braden Holtby (Capitals)
Coach: Jon Cooper (Lightning)
Carey Price (Canadiens)
Andrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning)