In what could hardly be considered a surprise, team captain Sidney Crosby has been chosen to represent the Pittsburgh Penguins at the 2024 NHL All-Star Game Feb. 3 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto.
It is the 10th time Crosby has been named to the All-Star Game.
Crosby, 36, has garnered at least some Hart Trophy chatter. He is first on the team with 21 goals and second in points with 38. Crosby also leads the team in faceoff success at a career-best 60.7%. Those 31 points have boosted him into 12th place all-time in the NHL with 1,540.
The NHL announced the first 32 All-Stars, one from each team, Thursday night. The remaining 12 representatives will be determined by a fan vote. That vote will be held at NHL.com/vote and on X (formerly Twitter), as well as the NHL app. Voting continues until Jan. 11.
The All-Star weekend, Feb. 1-3, has a lot of changes this season.
The player draft makes a return on Thursday, Feb. 1, the fourth time teams have been selected this way and the first time since 2015. Celebrities and captains will collaborate to pick four teams of 11 — nine skaters and two goaltenders — for the All-Star Game two days later. Also that Thursday, the NHL Alumni Association will announce its Man of the Year, and the Professional Women’s Hockey League will play a three-on-three game.
On Friday, Feb. 2, a revamped skills competition will involve 12 of the All-Stars competing for points in eight events, with the winner earning a $1 million prize. Each of the 12 players will compete in four of the first six events. Those are fastest skater, hardest shot, stick handling, one-timers, passing challenge and accuracy shooting.
The top eight, based on points, after those events will advance to the shootout event. Each player will choose which goalie they shoot against.
From there, the top six will compete in the obstacle course, with points doubled, to determine the million-dollar winner.