Although some form of ice hockey has been around ever since some blokes decided sliding around on ice and hitting a ball with a stick sounded like fun, 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Hockey League.
NHL Centennial Ambassador, the incomparable Wayne Gretzky, began the league’s year of celebration with the NHL Centennial Classic on Jan. 1, and will return for All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, Jan. 25-27.
“I am honored to serve as the NHL’s Centennial Ambassador and to help the League celebrate its first 100 years,” Gretsky said in an NHL press release. “Anyone who knows me knows that I have long revered the history of our game… And it is no secret that I remain an avid fan who watches games every night and marvels at the young players who are leading the greatest sport in the world into the League’s next century.”
Gretzky will have some fun matchups to watch Sunday afternoon when the league’s top players compete against each other in the 62nd NHL All-Star Game, held in the Los Angeles Staples Center.
The format, introduced at last year’s game in Nashville, will feature three 20-minute games between four teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan. Each team is composed of 11 players from each Division, six forwards, three defensemen, and two goaltenders, but games will be played in 3-on-3 format.
The four All-Star captains, determined by fan votes, are: Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens (Atlantic); P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators (Central); Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (Pacific); and Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (Metropolitan).
While the All-Star Game is a great chance to see some of the best hockey players in the world play side by side, any level of hockey fan will enjoy the All-Stars skill competition Saturday night as well as the musical performances by some pop All-Stars on Sunday.
In addition to the live competition, there will be musical guests, including Carly Rae Jepsen, kicking things off with the Canadian national anthem, and Fifth Harmony, performing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Nick Jonas is also slated to perform during the game’s second intermission.
While this weekend might not feature the same fierce rivalries of some of the league’s biggest teams, the $1 million winner-take-all prize will surely inspire some competition– and would be the “icing” on the cake of a great weekend. Here’s how to watch live.
How to Live Stream the 2017 NHL All-Star Game Festivities
Tune in on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 3:30 p.m. ET to watch the 62nd NHL All-Star game tournament, but don’t forget to catch the NHL 100th Anniversary special or All-Star Skills Competition to round out the centennial celebration weekend.
Viewers with a cable login can live stream the match on NBC, while those without cable can live stream everything from the puck drop to the final whistle thanks to Cut Cable Today’s NHL Hockey live stream guide and their NHL All-Star Game live stream guide.
Catch all the action live streaming and on various social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.
Full Schedule for All-Star Game and 100 Years of NHL Celebration
Friday, Jan. 27
NHL 100- The 100th Anniversary Special at 6:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, Jan. 28
NHL All-Star Skills Competition at 7 p.m. ET
Sunday, Jan. 29
NHL All-Star Game at 3:30 p.m. ET
Performances by Carly Rae Jepsen, Fifth Harmony, and Nick Jonas