Top five moments of the 2017 NHL All-Star Game

By: AXS Contributor Jan 30, 2017
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The National Hockey League is celebrating their 100th season this year and chose Los Angeles as the home for their annual All-Star Game. The lead-up to this event was huge, with the NHL announcing a Top 100 list that was to be completed before the game, bringing together all of the living members of that list to celebrate the league's history. The Fan Fair took over the Convention Center for a few days before the weekend began and the Skills Competition set the stage for what was a pretty fun, if not predictably safe, All-Star Game. AXS.com was on site for the festivities, so check out our favorite moments below and stay up to date on all NHL news and coverage through the NHL page on AXS.

  • Chris Pronger crushes Justin Bieber
    Technically this happened at the Celebrity Shootout the day before, where legends and current NHL players teamed up with celebrities in a pi
    AP

    Technically this happened at the Celebrity Shootout the day before, where legends and current NHL players teamed up with celebrities in a pickup game without any real stakes. But pop star Justin Bieber treated it seriously, trying to look good in front of the crowd and show off some hockey skills. The only problem was that Hall of Fame defensemen (and bruiser extraordinaire) Chris Pronger wasn’t going to let some hotshot kid get all the glory in the face of hockey history. Pronger checked, pushed, tied up, and basically mauled Bieber all game, culminating in one of the single best hockey photos ever taken. The Department of Player Saftey joked the next day that Pronger would have a hearing for his check from behind.

  • Braden Holtby Cares
    In a game without hits, penalties, or shot blocking, goalies have to be on their game to keep from being embarrassed. Some take it seriously
    NHL

    In a game without hits, penalties, or shot blocking, goalies have to be on their game to keep from being embarrassed. Some take it seriously, others stack the pads every shift, but Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals flashed the glove and poke checked his way to plenty of cheers throughout the game. His point-blank robbery of Boston Bruin Brad Marchand got people out of their seats during the second period of their game and his continuous shutting down of breakaways kept the game much closer than the bout between the Central and Pacific.

  • Wayne Simmonds’ MVP Return to Los Angeles
    2011 seems like forever ago in sports, but the trade that sent Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards to Los Angeles for Brayden Schenn a
    NHL

    2011 seems like forever ago in sports, but the trade that sent Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards to Los Angeles for Brayden Schenn and 2017 All-Star Wayne Simmonds still resonates today. Richards earned two Stanley Cups during his time with the Kings while both Schenn and Simmonds have supplanted themselves as fan favorites, but the reception Simmonds received while back in Los Angeles shows that the fans missed him. He opened his matchup against the Atlantic with two unassisted goals and led his team to victory.

  • Cam Fowler’s Ice-Breaking Goal
    This wasn’t a highlight-reel, SportsCenter goal. In fact, it was a pedestrian one-timer from a 2-on-1 but the fact that crosstown rival Anah
    NHL

    This wasn’t a highlight-reel, SportsCenter goal. In fact, it was a pedestrian one-timer from a 2-on-1 but the fact that crosstown rival Anaheim Ducks defensemen Cam Fowler scored the first goal of the game finally got the crowd hip to the fact that they need the other Pacific Division players to do well. All weekend, the predominantly Kings-focused attendees booed every non-King, even though those players were on the same team as their beloved Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter. Kings fans often get a bad rap for their Kings-centric appreciation of the game and it was nice to finally see them come out of their shell for their temporary teammates.

  • The 100
    All of the living (and able to travel) members of the exclusive Top 100 list the NHL put together this year came out and stood side by side
    NHL

    All of the living (and able to travel) members of the exclusive Top 100 list the NHL put together this year came out and stood side by side on the ice. All 100 were announced over the PA to varying degrees of applause from the fans, culminating in a standing ovation for both those in attendance and those lost to time. Los Angeles heroes Luc Robitaille and Wayne Gretzky welcomed everyone in attendance and thanked the league before introducing this year’s All-Star teams, but the sheer sight of these legends standing altogether was stunning and represented potentially the greatest assemblage of hockey talent ever in one place.


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