The 2023 NHL All-Star Game is only a month away, and on Thursday fans got their first glimpse at who'll take part as the league announced its initial All-Star rosters for all four divisional teams. Initial rosters for the Atlantic and Metropolitan divisional teams were revealed during the first intermission of the game between the Washington Capitals and Columbus Blue Jackets, and the Central and Pacific rosters came out during the second intermission.
A total of eight players have been selected to each team's initial roster, but three more are coming thanks to the NHL's new voting format. Fans are now responsible for adding two skaters and one goalie to each squad through an online vote that starts at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday and runs through Jan. 17. Additionally, fans can vote through Twitter -- by tweeting the hashtag "#NHLAllStar Vote" followed by a players' full name or their Twitter handle -- for the first time ever from Jan. 12 -14.
The 2023 NHL All-Star Game will take place Feb. 4 at FLA Live Arena.
Here's a look at the initial All-Star rosters:
Tage Thompson, Buffalo Sabres
Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings
Matthew Tkachuk, Florida Panthers
Nick Suzuki, Montreal Canadiens
Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Mitchell Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs
Andrei Svechnikov, Carolina Hurricanes
Johnny Gaudreau, Columbus Blue Jackets
Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils
Brock Nelson, New York Islanders
Kevin Hayes, Philadelphia Flyers
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals