NHL All-Star Weekend: What You Need to Know for 2024
The 2024 NHL All-Star Weekend in Toronto at Scotiabank Arena, home of the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs, has been expanded. It is now a three-night event that will feature NHL All-Star Thursday on February 1, an All-Star Skills competition on Friday, February 2 and the All-Star Game on Saturday, February 3.
NHL All-Star Thursday will include the Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Player Draft, the NHL Alumni Man of the Year event, in which the 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs will be honored, and the Canadian Tire PWHL 3-on-3 Showcase. Details for the skills competition have not yet been released. This will be the fourth time a player draft will take place ahead of the NHL All-Star Game. It will feature four All-Star captains drafting teams for Saturday’s All-Star Game.
NHL All-Star Weekend FAQ
When is the 2024 NHL All-Star Weekend?
The 2024 NHL All-Star Weekend is a three-night event that takes place on February 1, 2 and 3, 2024 at the midpoint of the NHL season. Night one is All-Star Thursday, night two will feature the All-Star Skills competition and night three is the All-Star game.
Where is the 2024 NHL All-Star Weekend Taking Place?
The 2024 NHL All-Star Weekend will be played at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs. This will be the ninth time Toronto has hosted All-Star events, and the first since 2000.
What is There to Do at the 2024 NHL All-Star Weekend?
Toronto is known for its vibrant sports culture and diverse attractions. Visiting fans can catch local live shows, explore the distinct culinary scene, visit the Hockey Hall of Fame or attend the variety of entertainment events set up by the NHL.
NHL All-Star Game History
The first official NHL All-Star game was held during the 1947–48 hockey season. However, for the first 19 official games, they were played at the beginning of the season. In 1948, the NHL elected to move the game to its current format at the midpoint of the season. The NHL has tinkered with the format on a consistent basis, even electing to not have the event for a number of years, including from 1979–1987, when it was replaced by the Challenge Cup. All-Star Weekend also did not happen during the lockout seasons of 1995, 2005 and 2013, and during years when the Winter Olympics took place (2006, 2010 and 2014).
The league adopted its current format in 2016 for the game hosted at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The weekend featured a number of country music acts and outside festivities to attract a wider audience. That game was also unique because league journeyman and enforcer John Scott was voted into the game by fans, despite not being on an NHL roster. He was elected captain of the Pacific Division, scored two goals and was named game MVP.
Wayne Gretzky holds the record for most points accumulated in All-Star game appearances with 13 goals and 12 assists in 18 games. Mario Lemieux is right behind him with 23 points in 10 appearances. Gordie Howe holds the record for the most All-Star game nods, with 23 awarded appearances.
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