NWHL All-Star Game viewing guide

The NWHL continues their weekend celebration of women’s hockey with the league’s All-Star Game.

Amanda Kessel (sister of Phil) and Kelley Steadman will lead their respective squads in a gold versus black challenge. The two teams were assembled in January and announced over social media.

Hosting the game this weekend are the Pittsburgh Penguins. They’ve thrown their big machine behind the NWHL to promote and help sell out the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex (the practice facility of the Penguins) for the game itself.

Here’s what you need to know going into the game.

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CWHL All-Star Game viewing guide

Friday night in Toronto, the CWHL All-Stars got together for a good old fantasy draft.

Toronto Furies forward and rookie Carlee Campbell was voted by the fans to captain Team White. Also voted by the fans were her opposition: co-captains Natalie Spooner and Meaghan Mikkelson leading Team Blue.

Here’s a quick viewing guide to get you ready for today’s game.

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Wayne Simmonds returns to LA, leaves as NHL All-Star Game MVP

LOS ANGELES — It’s been six years since Wayne Simmonds received a rousing ovation from the Staples Center crowd.

Simmonds been back plenty of times since the trade that sent him from LA to Philly, but he’s had his Philadelphia Flyers teammates along with him. That tends to make the pro-Los Angeles Kings crowd a little less cheerful.

All that was forgotten for a couple hours as Simmonds took to the ice during player introductions and received one of the loudest, positive reactions from the crowd. He didn’t predict this would come in his first ever NHL All-Star Game of which he’d eventually become the MVP.

“You know, it meant a lot. I haven’t been here for six years,” said Simmonds. “When you leave a place, you don’t expect to come back and get all the cheers as I did today, but I must have did something right when I was here. I know I had a lot of die-hard fans here, and I really appreciate those people. I just appreciate everything. It made me feel good today.”

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What do you like, dislike most about NHL All-Star Game?

LOS ANGELES – The NHL All-Star Weekend hit Los Angeles this weekend, which means another 24 hours of awkward skills competitions, occasional highlights and someone from the home team inevitably winning a car.

What do you most like about the NHL All-Star Game? What do least like about the NHL All-Star Game?

We fired up the Puck Daddy Roundtable and asked. Here are Greg Wyshynski, Sean Leahy, Jen Neale, Josh Cooper, Ryan Lambert and Steve Laidlaw of Puck Daddy on their All-Star likes and dislikes.

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Pass or fail: NWHL All-Star Game jerseys (Photo)

The National Women’s Hockey League will hold their second annual All-Star Game at UMPC Mario Lemieux Sports Complete, the practice facility of the Penguins. The NWHL Skills Competition is on Saturday, Feb. 11 and the All-Star Game is Sunday, Feb. 12.

As such the stylized jerseys feature the black and gold of the Steel City. Team Steadman, captained by Kelley Steadman of the Buffalo Beauts, will don the black jerseys. While Team Kessel, captained by New York Riveters forward Amanda Kessel, will wear gold.

One thing we don’t see is a traditional white jersey, and for that we applaud the NWHL. Their counterparts in the NHL won’t budge on that rule.

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NWHL takes 2017 All-Star Game to Pittsburgh

In a letter on the NWHL website, league commissioner Dani Rylan hinted at a huge announcement regarding the location of the All-Star Game.

For a league in desperate need of positive PR, it would take a seismic announcement to change the narrative; at least, for a little while.  Anything involving the franchise that currently holds the title of defending Stanley Cup champions certainly helps.

The weekend of Feb. 11 and 12 the best of the best in the NWHL will showcase their talents in Pittsburgh (more or less).

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