“An amazing one, I bet,” he said, knowing fans won’t shelve their hostility even when he plays alongside Doughty and Carter on the
Carter — who ranks second in the NHL with 22 goals — Doughty, Kesler and Ducks defenseman
"To be able to play in our home city in front of our home fans, that will really make things special for me and my family," Doughty said.
Competing at Staples Center also holds significance for Fowler because it was the site of the 2010
Repeating last season's entertaining experiment, the event will feature a three-on-three tournament in which teams from each division will meet in mini-games of two 10-minutes halves. The winners will face off in the final. The Pacific Division defeated the Central and Atlantic divisions to prevail at Nashville last January.
The coaches were determined by which team had the highest points percentage in their respective divisions as the season hit the halfway point Tuesday. They are Montreal’s Michel Therrien (Atlantic), Columbus’
The captains will be Pittsburgh center
Many familiar names were announced Tuesday, including Crosby, who leads the NHL with 26 goals, and teammate
Other selections reflected the NHL’s youth movement. Notable were Edmonton’s McDavid, who will be 20 on Friday, 18-year-old rookie Patrik Laine of Winnipeg, who scored 21 goals before being sidelined by a concussion, defenseman Seth Jones, 22, of the league-leading
Because all 30 teams must be represented, some worthy players were snubbed. Goalie
Nor was there room for Columbus forward
But Doughty, Carter, Kesler and Fowler were strong choices. Kesler, especially, excelled in collecting 16 goals and 35 points in 42 games and has combined with
Kesler, 32, considers his play vindication of the much-questioned six-year, $41.25-million contract the Ducks gave him in July of 2015.
"That gets me going," he said. "Ever since I signed that contract, I want to prove people wrong. You try not to hear it but you hear what people say, and I think that motivates me every year to come back and prove that I'm not quote-unquote over the hill."