The Chicago Blackhawks already had one representative heading to Nashville for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game, but Central Division captain Patrick Kane will be joined by one of his teammates as well.
That teammate is Jonathan Toews, who was named as a reserve player for the game, which will take place later this month. Toews, who has at least one point in five consecutive games, will make his fifth appearance in an All-Star Game when he takes the ice in Nashville, and he will be joined by a slew of talented players that will make the Central Division squad tough to beat.
That roster will feature two more prolific scorers, as Dallas Stars forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin will both be on the team. Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche and Vladimir Tarasenko from the St. Louis Blues will also be on the team as they look to collect the $1 million prize promised to the winning squad.
On defense, the Central will boast a former Blackhawks player as Dustin Byfuglien will man the blue line, and he will be joined by a pair of Nashville Predators, as Roman Josi and Shea Weber will compete in the game. Another Predators star will also be in attendance, as Pekka Rinne mans the net, and he’ll be joined by Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild.
The Central Division squad will be coached by Stars boss Lindy Ruff.
The All-Star Game, which has been transformed into a 3-on-3 hockey tournament this season, will take place on Sunday, January 31.