Sunday, January 23, 2022

Wild star Kirill Kaprizov made his first NHL All-Star Game

Wild star Kirill Kaprizov became an All-Star for the first time in his NHL career. He likely would have earned this award last season if the NHL hadn’t canceled the All-Star Game due to COVID-19 concerns.

This announcement comes as no surprise given that Kaprizov currently leads the Wild with 40 (14+26) points. Last season, the 24-year-old Russian won the Calder Trophy, an annual award given to the league’s best rookie.

Minnesota Wild goaltender Cam Talbot, 33, holds a puck while wearing gloves during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, in Newark, New Jersey. (AP Photo/Bill Kostrone)

Goaltender Cam Talbot will also represent the Wild in the All-Star Game. This is the first time the 34-year-old veteran has been named an All-Star. This season, he is 15-8-1 with a 3.00 goal average and a .909 save percentage.

Wild defenseman Ryan Hartman has a chance to be named to the All-Star Team thanks to the Last Men in the NHL online voting.

The All-Star Game is scheduled for February 5 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The team captains in the game are Nathan McKinnon of Avalanche (Central Division); Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals (Met), Auston Matthews of the Maple Leafs (Atlantic) and Connor McDavid of the Oilers (Pacific).

Star Team Lineups

CENTRAL DEPARTMENT

Forwards: Kirill Kaprizov, WILD; Nathan McKinnon, Colorado; Kyle Connor, Winnipeg; Alex DeBrinkat, Chicago; Clayton Keller, Arizona; Jordan Kiru, St. Louis; Joe Pavelski, Dallas

Defender: Cale Makar, Colorado

Goalkeepers: Cam Talbot, WILD; Juse Saros, Nashville

Trainer: Jared Bednar, Colorado

CAPITAL BRANCH

Forwards: Alex Ovechkin, Washington; Sebastian Aho, Carolina; Claude Giroud, Philadelphia; Jack Hughes, New Jersey; Chris Kreider, New York Rangers

Defenders: Adam Fox, New York Rangers Zach Werensky, Columbus; Adam Pelech, New York Islanders

Goalkeepers: Frederic Andersen, Carolina; Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh.

Trainer: Rod Brind’Amour, Carolina

PACIFIC DIVISION

Forwards: Connor McDavid, Colorado; Leon Draisaitl, Colorado; Jordan Eberle, Seattle; Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary; Adrian Kempe, Los Angeles; Timo Meyer, San Jose; Mark Stone, Vegas

Defender: Alex Pietrangelo, Vegas

Goalkeepers: John Gibson, Anaheim; Thatcher Demko, Vancouver

Trainer: Peter DeBoer, Vegas

ATLANTIC DIVISION

Forwards: Auston Matthews, Toronto; Drake Baterson, Ottawa; Patrice Bergeron, Boston; Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida; Dylan Larkin, Detroit; Nick Suzuki, Montreal

Defender: Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay; Rasmus Dalin, Buffalo

Goalkeepers: Andrei Vasilevsky, Tampa Bay; Jack Campbell, Toronto

Trainer: Andrew Brunet, Florida

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