Captain Dylan Larkin will be representing the Detroit Red Wings in this season’s NHL All-Star Game. The teams were announced Thursday night during the intermission of an ESPN NHL broadcast. One player from each of the group’s eight teams were part of this original selection process. Selections were made by the NHL’s Department of Hockey Operations.
Larkin will be playing in the third NHL All-Star Game of his career and second in a row. He was also chosen from Detroit in 2015-16, Larkin’s rookie NHL season.
During the skills competiton portion of that NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, Larkin would be winning the fastest skater competition. While covering his lap of the Bridgestone Arena ice surface in 13.172 seconds, Larkin was shattering the 20-year-old record for the competition of 13.386 seconds. That mark was set by Hall of Famer Mike Gartner at the 1996 NHL All-Star Game.
Gartner was 36 years old when he set the record. Dylan Larkin was just 19 when he broke it. He wasn’t even born when Gartner set the standard.
More Red Wings Could Be Added
Thursday’s announcement was merely the first step in determining the teams that will compete in the four-division three-on-three tournament format. In fact, the Atlantic Division didn’t even select a single defenseman. Seven forwards and a goalie were among the eight picks so far.
Four more players will be added to each division’s team through fan balloting. This will be done through online voting at the NHL’s website up until Jan. 17. As well, there will be a Twitter vote using the hashtag #NHLAllStarVote held between Jan. 12-14. One goaltender and three skaters will be added to each team.
This season’s NHL All-Star Game is being held at FLA Live Arena, home of the Florida Panthers. The All-Star skills competition is set for Saturday, February 3, with the games slated for Sunday, February 4.