All-Star Red Carpet Tomorrow

NEW YORK (January 28, 2011) – NHL All-Stars, rookies, coaches and alumni will walk the red carpet at the RBC Center in Raleigh prior to the Honda NHL SuperSkills® on Saturday, Jan. 29. Fans can join in the pre-event excitement and cheer on their favorite stars in the first of two days of Front Lawn Parties at the RBC Center presented by Custom Home Exteriors and the Carolina Hurricanes organization. Caniacs and fans of all teams are encouraged to be loud and proud as 2011 NHL All-Star festivities come to Carolina for the first time.

 

The Front Lawn Party on Saturday, Jan. 29 will take place from 3:00-6:45 p.m. at the RBC Center prior to the highly-anticipated Honda SuperSkills® competition and will feature live performances by rock band “Static Line,” made up of members from the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. Food and beverage will be available for purchase, TSN will be broadcasting live and the giant LED board outside the RBC Center will be airing the live NHL Network broadcast of the red carpet arrivals, which will begin at 4:00 p.m.

 

The party continues at Sunday’s Front Lawn Party, prior to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover, which will kick off at noon with live music by local favorite DJ George and a performance by RBC’s own “Performing Assets.”

 

The Front Lawn Parties and red carpet event are free to the public; normal parking rates will apply. For media covering the red carpet, spots are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve a spot on the red carpet, please contact Nicole Buckley at nicbuckley@nhl.com.

 

The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will mark the first time Carolina has hosted NHL All-Star activities. The excitement begins on Friday, Jan. 28 with the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco and televised live nationwide on TSN and RDS in Canada and VERSUS in the U.S. at 8 p.m. ET from NHL Fan Fair™ at the Raleigh Convention Center. On Saturday, Jan. 29, the players will take the ice in the Honda NHL SuperSkills® at the RBC Center. The League’s mid-season spectacular concludes with the 58th NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at the RBC Center on Sunday, Jan. 30. Live television coverage of both nights will be provided by VERSUS in the U.S. and CBC and RDS in Canada, with the Honda NHL SuperSkills at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday. NHL Network™, NHL.com, NHL Radio™ and NHL Mobile™ will have all angles covered with a full slate of live programming and fan initiatives throughout the weekend.

 

VERSUS 10 Most and Least Watched Games Through January 2011

All numbers with help from Son of the Bronx

Top 10 Most-Watched VERSUS Games Through 1/28/11

1. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, 12/14/10 – 750,000 viewers
2. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, 10/7/10 – 730,000 viewers
3. Boston vs. Pittsburgh, 1/10/11 – 523,000 viewers
4. NY Rangers vs. Washington, 1/24/11 – 458,000 viewers
5. Buffalo vs. Boston, 12/7/10 – 438,000 viewers
6. Colorado vs. Detroit, 10/12/10 – 432,000 viewers
7. Chicago vs. Colorado, 10/7/10 – 430,000 viewers
8. Montreal vs. Philadelphia, 1/25/11 – 414,000 viewers
9. St. Louis vs. Chicago, 11/30/10 – 390,000 viewers
10. Buffalo vs. Philadelphia, 10/26/10 – 347,000 viewers

Top 10 Least-Watched VERSUS Games Through 1/28/11 (Not Counting Bonus/Premiere Games)

1. Phoenix vs. St. Louis, 12/31/10 – 113,000 viewers
2. St. Louis vs. Colorado, 11/15/10 – 138,000 viewers
3. Minnesota vs. Columbus, 12/27/10 – 143,000 viewers
4. Los Angeles vs. Minnesota, 10/25/10 – 149,000 viewers
5. St. Louis vs. Nashville, 11/24/10 – 150,000 viewers
6. Los Angeles vs. Dallas, 1/17/11 – 151,000 viewers
7. Dallas vs. Carolina, 11/29/10 – 163,000 viewers
8. Boston vs. Tampa Bay, 11/22/10 – 167,000 viewers
9. Minnesota vs. New Jersey, 1/4/11 – 199,000 viewers
10. Boston vs. Tampa Bay, 12/2810 – 202,000 viewers

All-Star Fever Hits North Carolina

NEW YORK (January 27, 2011) – The 2011 NHL ALL-Star Game presented by Discover between Team Staal and Team Lidstrom will be played in front of a sellout crowd on Sunday at the RBC Center in Raleigh, the National Hockey League announced today. Hockey fans from across the globe are arriving for the festivities, starting with the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco on Friday night, Jan. 28. As Captains, Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings will lead the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco and will also set their team rosters for the Honda NHL SuperSkills® on Saturday and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Sunday.

 

2011 NHL All-Stars

 

This year, 42 All-Stars will play in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover, with each team having three goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards. Additionally, 12 NHL Rookies will join the All-Stars in the Honda NHL SuperSkills® on Sat., Jan. 29 at the RBC Center. The full roster follows:

 

Forwards

Corey Perry – Anaheim Ducks

Jeff Skinner – Carolina Hurricanes

Eric Staal – Carolina Hurricanes (Captain, Team Staal)

Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks (Alternate Captain, Team Lidstrom)

Patrick Sharp – Chicago Blackhawks

Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks

Matt Duchene – Colorado Avalanche

Paul Stastny – Colorado Avalanche

Rick Nash – Columbus Blue Jackets

Loui Eriksson – Dallas Stars

Brad Richards – Dallas Stars

Anze Kopitar – Los Angeles Kings

Martin Havlat – Minnesota Wild

Patrik Elias – New Jersey Devils

Danny Briere – Philadelphia Flyers

Claude Giroux – Philadelphia Flyers

David Backes – St. Louis Blues

Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning

Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay Lightning (Alternate Captain, Team Lidstrom)

Phil Kessel – Toronto Maple Leafs

Ryan Kesler – Vancouver Canucks (Alternate Captain, Team Staal)

Henrik Sedin – Vancouver Canucks

Daniel Sedin – Vancouver Canucks

Alex Ovechkin – Washington Capitals

 

Defensemen

Dustin Byfuglien – Atlanta Thrashers

Zdeno Chara – Boston Bruins

Duncan Keith – Chicago Blackhawks

Nicklas Lidstrom – Detroit Red Wings (Captain, Team Lidstrom)

Brent Burns – Minnesota Wild

Shea Weber – Nashville Predators

Marc Staal – New York Rangers

Erik Karlsson – Ottawa Senators

Kris Letang – Pittsburgh Penguins

Keith Yandle – Phoenix Coyotes

Dan Boyle – San Jose Sharks

Mike Green – Washington Capitals (Alternate Captain, Team Staal)

 

Goaltenders

Jonas Hiller – Anaheim Ducks

Tim Thomas – Boston Bruins

Cam Ward – Carolina Hurricanes

Carey Price – Montreal Canadiens

Henrik Lundqvist – New York Rangers

Marc-Andre Fleury – Pittsburgh Penguins

 

Rookies

Cam Fowler – Anaheim Ducks

Tyler Seguin – Boston Bruins

Tyler Ennis – Buffalo Sabres

Jamie McBain – Carolina Hurricanes

Kevin Shattenkirk – Colorado Avalanche

Taylor Hall – Edmonton Oilers

Evgeny Dadonov – Florida Panthers

P.K. Subban – Montreal Canadiens

Michael Grabner – New York Islanders

Derek Stepan – New York Rangers

Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Phoenix Coyotes

 

Logan Couture – San Jose Sharks

 

All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco

 

As previously announced, the rosters for Team Staal and Team Lidstrom for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover and the Honda NHL SuperSkills® will be determined by a first-ever player fantasy draft. The Jan. 28 NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco will be televised live nationwide on TSN in Canada and VERSUS in the U.S. at 8 p.m. ET from NHL Fan Fair™ at the Raleigh Convention Center.

 

A coin toss will decide first pick with Staal and Lidstrom, joined by their alternate captains, Ryan Kesler and Mike Green for Team Staal and Patrick Kane and Martin St. Louis for Team Lidstrom, alternately drafting the 36 remaining All-Stars through 18 rounds. Each team will consist of three goalies, six defensemen and 12 forwards total. To ensure that the final draft picks are true selections and not simply predetermined due to position requirements, each team’s three goalies must be picked by the end of Round 10 and each team’s six defensemen must be picked by the conclusion of Round 15.

 

The 12 Rookies participating in the Honda NHL SuperSkills® will be divided by the NHL into two groups of six. At the completion of the 15th round of the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco, one NHL Rookie will be selected to choose which All-Star team his group will join for the skills competition.

 

All-Star Coaches

 

The coaching staffs will be designated to each Captain via coin toss before the start of the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco. By virtue of winning the 2010 Stanley Cup, Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville will be the head coach of one of the All-Star teams. He will be assisted on the bench by Mike Haviland, his current assistant in Chicago. Head coaches Alain Vigneault of the Vancouver Canucks and Peter Laviolette of the Philadelphia Flyers earned the honor of co-coaching the other NHL All-Star team. Under the All-Star Game selection process, the head coaches of the teams with the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points) in the Eastern and Western Conference through games of Saturday, Jan. 8 earned the right to co-lead one of the All-Star teams.

 

Honda NHL SuperSkills®

 

During the highly anticipated Honda NHL SuperSkills® competition on Sat., Jan. 29 at the RBC Center, the NHL All-Stars and Rookies will showcase their skills in six events:

 

· Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater™

· BlackBerry NHL Breakaway Challenge™

· McDonald’s NHL Accuracy Shooting™

· G Series NHL Skills Challenge Relay™

· XM NHL Hardest Shot™

· Discover NHL Elimination Shootout™

 

Champions will be crowned in each of the six individual events, with Team Staal going against Team Lidstrom throughout the night for points in the overall team vs. team competition. The selections of which players will participate in each event will be made on Saturday afternoon and order of participation will be determined by the Captains just before the start of each event. Each All-Star will be involved in no more than three events, excluding the Discover NHL Elimination Shootout™, the event in which every player participates.

 

2011 NHL All-Star Weekend

 

The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will mark the first time Carolina has hosted NHL All-Star activities. The excitement begins on Friday, Jan. 28 with the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco and televised live nationwide on TSN and RDS in Canada and VERSUS in the U.S. at 8 p.m. ET from NHL Fan Fair™ at the Raleigh Convention Center. On Saturday, Jan. 29, the players will take the ice in the Honda NHL SuperSkills® at the RBC Center. The League’s mid-season spectacular concludes with the 58th NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at the RBC Center on Sunday, Jan. 30. Live television coverage of both nights will be provided by VERSUS in the U.S. and CBC and RDS in Canada, with the Honda NHL SuperSkills at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday and the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday. NHL Network™, NHL.com, NHL Radio™ and NHL Mobile™ will have all angles covered with a full slate of live programming and fan initiatives.

 

NHL Fan Fair™

 

Fans in Raleigh are encouraged to take part in the festivities at NHL Fan Fair™, a three-day fan festival at the Raleigh Convention Center, January 28-30. Occupying more than 150,000 square feet, NHL Fan Fair will offer hockey fans of all ages three fun-filled days of interactive games and attractions, special appearances, trophy and memorabilia displays, live TV and radio broadcasts, pin trading and trading card zones, music, food, official NHL All-Star merchandise and dozens of other dynamic activities. Tickets for NHL Fan Fair are available for purchase via Ticketmaster and at various locations throughout Raleigh.

 

NHL Fan Fair will be open to the public on Friday, Jan. 28, from 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 29, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 30, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and is part of the NHL® All-Star Wide Open, the outdoor series of free concerts at the Amphitheater High Stick Stage and a street party festival on Fayetteville and Cabarrus Streets in the style of the popular Raleigh Wide Open.