Playing to the hometown crowd in Columbus, Ohio, the NHL on Wednesday named Nick Foligno of the Blue Jackets as one of two captains for All-Star weekend, Jan. 23-25 in Columbus. The other captain will be Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews.
Kings Coach Darryl Sutter and his staff will coach Team Foligno, whose roster will include Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Patrick Kane of the Blackhawks as assistant captains.
Team Toews, which will be coached by Peter Laviolette of the Nashville Predators and his staff, will have Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf and New York Rangers forward Rick Nash as its assistant captains.
The NHL's hockey operations department selected the captains and assistant captains in consultation with players, the league said in a news release.
Team Foligno will be the home team and will wear black All-Star jerseys, helmets, socks and pants. Team Toews will be the visiting team and will wear white jerseys, helmets and socks and black pants.
Each team captain will choose his All-Star roster in a fantasy draft, which will take place on Friday. The captains also will choose which players will participate in Saturday's skills contests.
The game in Columbus will be the first NHL All-Star game since 2012. A lockout led to the cancellation of the 2013 game, and the All-Star game isn't held in Olympic years and so was skipped in 2014.