When Is The Hockey All Star Break? [Answered!]

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The all-star break is almost here! All-star week is approaching, and the NHL will be taking a much-needed break from its regular season to celebrate. The festivities will begin with the NHL All-Star Game on January 25th and will continue with the NHL Awards in early February. The break gives the players, fans, and media a chance to take a breather and indulge in some serious soul searching. Which players are you most looking forward to seeing play during the break?

The Best Of The Best

This year’s all-star break is going to be special. Not only is it the 20th anniversary of the NHL All-Star Game, but it will also be Mark Henry’s final season. The legendary defenseman has announced that this will be his final year in the NHL, and he is going to retire after the all-star break. With such a large part of the season ahead of us, we should all take the opportunity to reflect on what an incredible 20 years the Mark Henry era has been. It’s fair to say that without him, the All-Star Game wouldn’t be the same. He has been the backbone of the Kings defense for decades and will forever be remembered for his inspirational leadership and dedication to the sport.

The NHL will honor Henry by presenting him with the Stanley Cup for an exceptional career during the All-Star Game. He will also have his number (26) raised to the rafters at STAPLES Center, and King Carl Vascular will give him a proper farewell ceremony at the end of the season.

The Last Of The Greats

The 2019-2020 NHL all-star break will also mark the end of an era. One of the biggest issues this season has been the health of several key players. Two of the biggest names to miss significant time due to injury are Maple Leafs defenseman Tyson Barrie and Blues forward Paul Stastny. Barrie has been out since October with a foot injury, and Stastny has been sidelined since December with a back injury. The two were among the first wave of superstar defensemen to emerge in the early 2000s, helping to lead the Blues to the Stanley Cup in 2002 and 2003. Since then, Stastny has only appeared in five NHL games, spending most of his time rehabilitating from injury.

Another key figurehead in the latest NHL incarnation is Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg. He will turn 40 next month, and although he continues to play at a high level, it’s clear that this could be his final season. Last year, the captain broke the all-time single-season scoring record, but he has stated that he would like to end his career on a high note. He has one year left on his contract, so the Red Wings will need to decide whether or not to trade him after the all-star break.

The Rising Stars

One of the most exciting parts of an all-star break is the opportunity to see the young stars of the hockey world develop. Over the years, the break has provided us with some of the best hockey players the game has ever seen, including Mario Lemieux, Wayne Gretzky, and more recently, the late Mark Messier. The 2018-19 season has already seen a number of brilliant young players emerge, and the future of the sport seems incredibly bright. Who are your pick to win the Norris Trophy this year?

This year’s crop of rookie defensemen are incredibly exciting, and there is no better example than Boston Bruins rookie Aaron Bohling. The 21-year-old spent the entire 2018-19 season playing in the NCAA, leading the Fighting Hawks to a national championship. In the playoffs, Bohling was an absolute monster, registering 24 points in 16 games. The defenseman’s point-per-game average (1.875) was the highest among all NHL defensemen in the playoffs. While he was at it, he also happened to set a school record, registering 11 goals in 10 games. This season, the young buck is finally coming over to the big side and will play a key role for the Bruins.

On the other side of the ice, Blackhawks rookie Arthur Kaliyev is going to have an enormous impact this season as well. The 18-year-old forward spent the whole 2018-19 season playing for Sochi in the Kontinental Hockey League. In his first season, the young gun scored 22 goals and added 16 assists for 38 points in 42 games. He also contributed three goals and three assists in seven playoff games. The first overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft has all the tools to become one of the best players in the league, and for a team that is already stacked with talent, the Blackhawks will be lucky to have him.

The Experienced Vs. The Rising Stars

While the youngsters are undoubtedly exciting, it’s also important to remember that not all experienced players are created equal. Some of the best hockey players of all time, including Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky, and Mario Lemieux, spent many seasons in the NHL playing in the “golden years” of the sport. The trio is credited with changing the way the game is played; the concept of checking from the outside is due to the fact that they would regularly “check the box” on the ice, meaning they’d drop the gloves and go at it. They could play a solid game of hockey and still engage in a fight after the whistle even though they were already 38, 36, and 34 years old respectively at the time.

This year, all-stars are going to have to fight for their spot on the roster. Although the game has changed a great deal over the past 20 years, the one thing that has remained consistent is the great respect that is still shown to the game’s legends. Players like Howe, Gretzky, and Lemieux still lead the way in terms of awesomeness, and the fact that they’re still playing at a high level inspires the rest of the league. When is the last time you cried because a hockey player got injured?

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