Mike Green named NHL All-Star for first time since leaving Capitals


So there's no point in getting worked up that Hanifin was picked over more deserving defensemen like Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce, or that the current 3-on-3 format built around divisions means the National Hockey League annually takes four seconds to check whichever Hurricanes defenseman leads the team in scoring. This season, Pietrangelo has collected 29 points (seven goals, 22 assists) and a plus-15 rating through 41 games.

Four days later, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper was announced head coach of the Atlantic Division squad after guiding the Bolts to a NHL-best.744 points percentage through the first half of the season.

The All-Star Game uses a 3-on-3 format, with teams from each of the six divisions.

This marks Green's second All-Star selection, as he previously served as an alternate captain for Team Staal during the 2011 NHL All-Star Game.

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Kucherov was a first-time All-Star Game participant in 2017 and was named to the NHL's Second All-Star Team at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. The Calgary, Alberta, native was also an AHL All-Rookie Team member and Calder Cup champion with the Hershey Bears as a first-year pro in 2005-06, totaling 51 points (12-39-51) and 105 penalty minutes in 68 AHL games from 2005-07.

For the third straight season, the All-Star game features a three-game 3-on-3 tournament between the Atlantic, Metropolitan, Central and Pacific Divisions.

The All-Star Game, which will feature a 3-on-3 tournament, takes place on January 28 and will air on NBC.