NHL All-Star Weekend makes a splash in Florida


Ella Murray

44 total players attended the weekend, one selected from each of the 32 teams and 12 voted in by fans.

Ella Murray, Web Editor

The 2023 National Hockey League All-Star weekend hosted by the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Florida took place on Feb. 3 and 4.

The weekend kicked off on Feb. 3 with the skills competition. The All-Star events were Splash Shot, Pitch’n’Puck, Tendy Tandem, Fastest Skater, Hardest Shot, Breakaway Challenge and Accuracy Shooting.

Winners of each event included Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar for the Splash Shot, Nick Suzuki for the Pitch’n’Puck and Connor Hellebuyck and Juuse Saros for the Tendy Tandem. Andrei Svechnikov won the Fastest Skater and Elias Pettersson earned the Hardest Shot. 

Alex Ovechkin’s four-year-old son, nicknamed ‘Ovi Jr.’ earned 10s across the board in the breakaway challenge with the help of his dad and Sidney Crosby. 

The Atlantic Division team was coached by Boston Bruins coach Jim Montgomery, and Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour took charge of the Metropolitan Division team.   The Central Division was coached by Peter DeBoer of the Dallas Stars. Bruce Cassidy of the Vegas Golden Knights coached the Pacific Division team. 

The Central and Pacific Divisions played each other for the first semifinal game and Central pulled out a win with a final score of 6-4. The other semifinal game was between the Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions, where the Atlantic advanced to finals with a 10-6 win. 

The Central and Atlantic Divisions faced off in the final game. In the end, the Atlantic Division won 7-5. The 11 winners of the Atlantic Division team will be splitting a $11 million prize. 

Florida Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk was named MVP of the weekend with four goals and three assists overall. 

The 2024 All-Star Game hosted by the Maple Leafs will be played in Toronto, Canada.