Columbus Blue Jackets forward Johnny Gaudreau was among 32 players selected to participate in the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Game® at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday, February 4, the League and club announced tonight. The 32 NHL All-Stars were selected by the League’s Hockey Operations Department.
Gaudreau, 29, enters tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals having registered 10 goals and 27 assists for 37 points with 14 penalty minutes, 27 even strength points, 10 power play points, 10 multi-point efforts and 97 shots, while averaging 19:41. of ice time in 36 games in his first season with the Blue Jackets in 2022-23. He leads the team in assists, points, multi-point outings and shots and ranks second in goals.
This year will mark the seventh All-Star Game appearance for the Salem, New Jersey native, and his first as a Blue Jacket after signing with the club as a free agent on July 13, 2022. He represented the Calgary Flames in six of the past seven All-Star Games, including five-straight from 2015-19, and last year’s game in Las Vegas. He has totaled 220-426-646, 146 PIM and 46 power play goals in 638 career games with the Blue Jackets and Flames since being selected by Calgary in the fourth round, 104th overall, at the 2011 NHL Draft. The 5-9, 165-pound winger finished 2022 with the second-most assists and third-most points by a US-born player in a single calendar year in NHL history with 38-81-119 in 88 games split between the Blue Jackets. and Flames.
The 2023 NHL All-Star Fan Vote presented by Guaranteed Rate allows fans to select 12 additional All-Stars with two skaters and a goaltender for each division. The highest vote-getters by division will then be added to their respective All-Star rosters. Voting for the Fan Vote is open now through Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 11:59 p.m. ET. Fans can vote on NHL.com/Vote, the NHL app or via Twitter using #NHLAllStarVote.
Eligible players must have been on an NHL club’s active roster as of Dec. 1, 2022. Any player not on the active roster due to injury or special circumstance can be added to the ballot if/when the player returns to the active roster. If a player is assigned/loaned to the American Hockey League or any other minor league team between Dec. 1, 2002 and 5 pm on Feb. 1, 2023, the player is not eligible unless the assignment is due to conditioning reasons. If a vote leader is disqualified after the close of voting, the next player/goaltender with the most votes in that division will be named to the All-Star team.
The All-Stars will take part in a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, and featuring four teams representing each NHL division. Each division’s roster consists of nine skaters and two goalies. Live television coverage of the League’s midseason showcase includes the 2023 NHL All-Star Skills Competition presented by DraftKings, which will be broadcast live by ESPN and ESPN+ in the US on Friday, February 3 at 7 pm ET. The 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Game® will be televised live on ABC in the US at 3 pm ET on Saturday, February 4.
The following Blue Jackets have been selected to participate in the NHL All-Star Game: Gaudreau (2023), defenseman Zach Werenski (2018, 2022), defenseman Seth Jones (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020; missed 2018 game due to injury), goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (2020; missed game due to injury), right wing Cam Atkinson (2017, 2019), goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (2017 and 2015; missed 2015 game due to injury), left wing Brandon Saad (2016), center Ryan Johansen (2015, voted game’s Most Valuable Player), left wing Rick Nash (2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011), left wing Ray Whitney (2003) and center Espen Knutsen (2002).