It was announced earlier Saturday that San Jose will host next year's NHL All-Star Game at SAP Center. "We knew the team would be better - the goal was to make the team competitive at its inception - and there's a great mix of talent that's bonded very well". The previous event, the 47th NHL All-Star Game, was held on January 18. "But when it's in your home city, it's that much more special", said Lightning star Steven Stamkos, a five-time selection. "I might give it to my sister or something", he said.
He certainly stood out, however, Sunday at Amalie Arena and other players took notice.
Hedman, veteran of 593 National Hockey League games and being named to the All-Star Game for the second time, will assist head equipment manager Ray Thill, who also serves in the same position for the Lightning, in all aspects of equipment management for the Atlantic Division.
WFLA.com will have live updates and highlights from the big event below.
"We just had a meeting (senior executive vice-president of hockey operations) Colie Campbell put together with hockey operations and the officiating department".
The Sharks last held the All-Star festivities in 1997 as a six-year-old franchise. The winning division will have the right to pick the time and opponent for the semifinals of the 3-on-3 tournament at Sunday's All-Star Game. "I don't think it's a secret that every team he plays for somehow goes far in the playoffs".
"He's assembled it (to be) not just one and done. So when you next ask me 'what are the attributes of Seattle?' hopefully we'll have done enough homework if this is moving forward to be able to answer that question". "We got back to the playoffs after the lockout a couple of times, but never got close to an Eastern Conference final or a Stanley Cup final again".
Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports Atlantic Division forward Brayden Point (21) of the Tampa Bay Lightning skates in the fastest skater competition during the 2018 NHL All Star Game skills competition at Amalie Arena.
Feaster, who worked for the Lightning from 1998 to 2008, returned to in 2014 to lead the club's youth and high school outreach efforts after a stint as GM of the Calgary Flames. The Metropolitan and Atlantic divisions will play at 4:30.
Peter Laviolette, coach of the Nashville Predators and the Central Division team here, is a two-time U.S. Olympian.