Noah Hanifin to represent Carolina Hurricanes in NHL All-Star Game

‘Canes leading defenseman earns first ASG appearance

Chris Baird, Triangle Sports Network
Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

From Staff Reports

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Noah Hanifin will represent the Carolina Hurricanes and the Metropolitan Division at the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend that will take place Jan. 27-28 in Tampa, Fla.

The selection, announced on Wednesday, is Hanifin’s first of his career and comes during a season in which he has posted 21 points (7g, 14a) in 42 games.

The 20-year-old native of Boston, Mass. leads Hurricanes defensemen in all three offensive scoring categories, including netting two game-winning goals, and ranks eighth among NHL blueliners in goals (7) scored.

Selected by the Hurricanes in the first round (fifth overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Hanifin is in his third NHL season and has totaled 15 goals and 57 assists (72 points) in 202 career games played for Carolina.

NHL All-Star Game details

For the third straight season, the All-Star Game will feature a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, showcasing teams from each NHL division competing for a $1 million winner-take-all prize pool.

Forty players were selected by the NHL, joining the four division captains elected by fans via the 2018 NHL All-Star Fan Vote: Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic), Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan), P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators (Central) and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers (Pacific).

The rosters for each division team are comprised of six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders.

2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game Rosters

Atlantic Division (All-Star appearance)
F    Aleksander Barkov, FLA (1st)
F    Jack Eichel, BUF (1st)
F    Nikita Kucherov, TBL (2nd)
F    Brad Marchand, BOS (2nd)
F    Auston Matthews, TOR (2nd)
F    Steven Stamkos, TBL* (5th)
D    Mike Green, DET (2nd)
D    Victor Hedman, TBL (2nd)
D    Erik Karlsson, OTT (5th)
G    Carey Price, MTL (6th)
G    Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL (1st)
Head Coach: Jon Cooper, TBL (1st)

Metropolitan Division (All-Star appearance)
F    Josh Bailey, NYI (1st)
F    Sidney Crosby, PIT (3rd)
F    Claude Giroux, PHI (5th)
F    Taylor Hall, NJD (3rd)
F    Alex Ovechkin, WSH* (7th)
F    John Tavares, NYI (5th)
D    Noah Hanifin, CAR (1st)
D    Seth Jones, CBJ (2nd)
D    Kris Letang, PIT (4th)
G    Braden Holtby, WSH (3rd)
G    Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (4th)
Head Coach: Barry Trotz, WSH (3rd)

Central Division (All-Star appearance)
F    Patrick Kane, CHI (7th)
F    Nathan MacKinnon, COL (2nd)
F    Brayden Schenn, STL (1st)
F    Tyler Seguin, DAL (5th)
F    Eric Staal, MIN (5th)
F    Blake Wheeler, WPG (1st)
D    John Klingberg, DAL (1st)
D    Alex Pietrangelo, STL (1st)
D    P.K. Subban, NSH* (3rd)
G    Connor Hellebuyck, WPG (1st)
G    Pekka Rinne, NSH (2nd)
Head Coach: Peter Laviolette, NSH (3rd)

Pacific Division (All-Star appearance)
F    Brock Boeser, VAN (1st)
F    Johnny Gaudreau, CGY (4th)
F    Anze Kopitar, LAK (4th)
F    Connor McDavid, EDM* (2nd)
F    James Neal, VGK (3rd)
F    Rickard Rakell, ANA (1st)
D    Brent Burns, SJS (5th)
D    Drew Doughty, LAK (4th)
D    Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI (2nd)
G    Marc-Andre Fleury, VGK (3rd)
G    Jonathan Quick, LAK (3rd)
Head Coach: Gerard Gallant, VGK (2nd)

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