By Carter Brooks
Photo by James Carey Lauder
The National Hockey League's 2019 All-Star Weekend will run from Friday, January 25th to Saturday, January 26th.
Featured in the annual skills competition and game will be Winnipeg Jets' linemates Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele. The two first line Winnipeg home-owners have put up a combined 32 goals and 112 points in 88 games played. Wheeler leads the way with eight goals and a whopping 49 assists, while Scheifele has 24 goals and 55 points on the year.
Currently in his 11th NHL season, this will be Wheeler's second All-Star Game, also his second consecutive appearance, as he was selected to participate in the 2018 event following another hot start to the Jets' season. It will be Scheifele's first All-Star Game, while playing in his sixth NHL season - all for the Jets.
Winnipeg's Head Coach Paul Maurice has also accepted the call to serve as the Head Coach of the Central Division's squad at the All-Star Game. He will work alongside Calgary's Bill Peters during Saturday's game. Maurice, 51, has an all-time coaching record of 648-589-99-111 in 1,447 games between the Hartford Whalers, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Winnipeg Jets.
The NHL added a new fan vote in which local fans had the option to cast their ballots for one additional player to be added to the All-Star Game rosters from each division. Patrik Laine was the Jets' representative, but he unfortunately lost out to Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, who has been added to the Central Division's roster.