The Chicago Blackhawks will be well represented at the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus next week, and the league ensured that they will be represented in terms of the letters on their sweaters as well as Jonathan Toews was named the captain of one of the two All-Star teams.
Team Toews will have two alternate captains, as Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Rick Nash of the New York Rangers will put “A”’s on their sweaters.
Opposing Toews will be a team captained by Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno. Foligno, who signed a six-year contract extension with the Blue Jackets recently, will be joined by Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings as alternate captains.
Kane and Toews have played against each other three times in the Winter Olympics, with Toews holding a 2-1 edge in games between Canada and Team USA, but this will be the first All-Star Game where the Hawks stars will play against each other. The players were on the same team in the 2011 game, when Kane served as an alternate captain for Nicklas Lidstrom’s team. Toews was selected in the eighth round of that year’s fantasy draft, and Duncan Keith was also on the team.
The structure of the All-Star fantasy draft will see Toews and Foligno each choosing their teams in a nationally-televised draft on the Friday before the All-Star Game. Each team will choose 12 forwards, six defensemen, and three goaltenders, and the two sides will not only play against each other in the game but in the skills competition as well.
Toews’ team will wear white jerseys and will be coached by Nashville Predators head coach Peter Laviolette. Team Foligno will wear black jerseys and will be coached by Los Angeles Kings bench boss Darryl Sutter.