The NHL All-Star Game was held at The Staples Center in Los Angeles this year. This was an exciting time for Angelinos, who haven’t had an NHL All-Star Game in their hometown for 15 years!
As part of the lead up to All-Star Weekend, The NHL and The Los Angeles Kings Organization worked with local charities in the greater Los Angeles area. On Friday, a press conference was held to celebrate a much needed upgrade to The YMCA in Crenshaw.
The NHL All-Star Game was special this year for other reasons than being held at The Staples Center. This event also marks 100 years of NHL hockey. In celebration, a panel of distinguished members of the hockey community selected the top 100 players in NHL history. This event took place at The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, right after The YMCA’s press conference.
Fans who were unable to make it inside the award show attended The NHL Fan Fair, held at The Los Angeles Convention Center. This event was held all weekend for fans to enjoy before and after The All-Star Game.
The NHL Fan Fair gifted fans with free memorabilia, picture taking opportunities and interactive activities. Dan Lee Pistol, from The Los Angeles Kings Ice Crew helped work The LA Kings Virtual Reality Experience, where fans get the opportunity to play goalie!
It’s Saturday, let the games begin! What do you get when tons of hockey lovers in the entertainment capital of America? Hockeywood.
Gold banners covered The Staples Center, tying in with the Hollywood theme of the game.
The NHL All-Star Celebrity Shootout is the first event to take place on the ice. This game consists of 21 members of the 100 Greatest NHL Players list and celebrities of music, film, and television. Some celebrities included Luc Robitaille, Justin Bieber and Carter Thicke. These celebrities either played on Team Gretzky or Team Lemieux, under the direction of Hockey Hall of Famers Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux. Justin Bieber scored an empty-netter late in the game to help Team Gretzky beat Team Lemieux 5-3.
Rap artist Snoop Dogg was the MC for day one and went by his alter ego “DJ Snoopadelic.” He started off his set with a classic Dr. Dre song featuring himself titled, “The Next Episode.” After his short performance, the ice cleared and the NHL All-Star players prepared for the Skills Assessment portion.
The Zamboni smooths out the ice before the players assess their skills in the last game of the day.
Defenseman Drew Doughty and Foward Jeff Carter represented The Los Angeles Kings and The Pacific Division. Doughty participated in the Hardest Shot and the passing of portion of the Skills Challenge. Carter took part in the Accuracy Challenge and the one-timer portion of the Skills Challenge. The Metropolitan and The Central Division left the competition after a series of rounds, leaving The Pacific and The Atlantic divisions competing for the final win. After a Shootout, The Atlantic division beats the Pacific, 4-1.