They’re no John Scott, but this year’s group of All-Star Game captains includes plenty of star power.
Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, Montreal’s Carey Price, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Nashville’s P.K. Subban were voted by fans to helm their respective divisions during the NHL’s 3-on-3 tournament later this month in Los Angeles.
This is an historic moment for the National Hockey League, commissioner Gary Bettman said. The 2017 NHL China Games presented by O.R.G. Packaging represent the formal launch of what we hope will be a long and successful collaboration between our league, our teams and our partners in accelerating the development of hockey in China.
We look forward to our first games in China and to a variety of initiatives that will inspire generations of Chinese players and fans to enjoy our sport. We recognize the importance of helping China build a strong national hockey program and are committed to supporting that priority in every way possible.
The teams are scheduled to face off Sept. 21 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and Sept. 23 at the Huaxi LIVE Wukesong’s Le Sports Center in Beijing. Both Los Angeles and Vancouver have previously held youth hockey camps in China, though the exhibition meetings will be the first games to be played.
Meanwhile, the NHL has yet to be confirmed for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.