In 2002, the San Jose Sharks sent Owen Nolan, Vincent Damphousse, and Teemu Selanne to the NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles. 15 years later, another trio will represent the Sharks in the National Hockey League’s mid season showcase.
On Tuesday, the NHL announced that Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, forward Joe Pavelski, and goaltender Martin Jones will head down to Los Angeles to represent San Jose in the All-Star Weekend. In addition, the Pacific Division will be coached by Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer.
It is the fourth time in Sharks history that three players will represent Team Teal at All-Star Weekend (previously in 2002, 2007, 2009). It is also the second time that San Jose will have four representatives at the NHL All-Star Game (2009).
For Brent Burns, this is his third trip and second consecutive trip to the All-Star Game. He went last in Nashville and in 2011 in Raleigh, NC as a member of the Minnesota Wild.
Joe Pavelski makes his second consecutive trip to the All-Star Weekend and aided Pacific Division All-Star Captain John Scott to an MVP performance.
Well this might be awkward but former Los Angeles backup netminder now San Jose starter Martin Jones will make his first All-Star appearance. After a stellar 2015-16 season, has backed it up with a solid 2016-17 season.
Peter DeBoer becomes the second head coach to be behind the bench for an NHL All-Star squad. Todd McLellan coached teams in 2009 in Montreal and 2012 in Ottawa.
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