All-Star: NHL Centennial + Los Angeles Kings’ 50th

January 26, 2017

NHL, San Jose Sharks

~ Photo credit: @NHL Twitter

~ By Pearl Allison Lo

~ The 2017 NHL All-Star game and all its surrounding festivities has arrived, and while the celebrations are not in the Bay Area, it is still in good old California. Hockeywood or Hockey goes Hollywood is taking place in Los Angeles’ Staples Center today through Sunday with giant pucks and other decorations.

The activities started with the NHL Fan Fair which runs from Thursday through Sunday. Once you get tickets online, make sure to go to http://nhl.com/FanFairPass or the NHL booth to book a picture with Lord Stanley’s Cup, try for prizes and more! The amount of experiences at the fair are immense and include a Q&A with the Keeper of the Cup Friday at 6pm, interactive experiences, the NHL Mascot Showdown and a ton of photo opportunities. Also available are autographs with Hall of Fame and NHL Alumni and for Kings fans, members of their team.

Friday afternoon, the NHL and LA Kings will showcase the NHL All-Star Legacy Project. It will show the renovations made at the Crenshaw Family YMCA.

In the evening, a Red Carpet show will be held at Microsoft Theatre, the NHL100, revealing the 100 greatest NHL players with the biggest gathering of hockey greats, 67 of the 100 present. Celebrity fans and the All-Star Players will join John Legend, Robin Thicke and more with tributes as well.

Saturday will feature the pregames before the actual event. This consists of the 2017 NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout before the NHL All-Star Skills Competition. The Celebrity Shootout, which will pit Team Wayne Gretzky versus Team Mario Lemieux, will benefit the charity Echoes of Help, which serve the youth.

The All-Star Game on Monday will also feature musical performances by Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen.

Some changes that were reported Thursday for the All-Star roster surround the Metropolitan Division and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Cam Atkinson will replace Evgeni Malkin and who will replace Coach John Tortorella has yet to be announced.

For you San Jose Sharks fans, the #8’s (Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns (#88)) will be joined by newcomers. Goalie Martin Jones and Coach Pete DeBoer will be making their first All-Star appearance.

If you cannot make the events in person, NBCSN will show the NHL100 Friday at 6:30pm PST, the All-Star Skills Competition Saturday at 4pm PST and the All-Star Game Sunday at 12:30pm PST.

 

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