After years of tinkering with its All-Star format, the National Hockey League took a page from the world of fantasy sports with its latest incarnation: letting the players choose their own teams.
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal were selected as captains and will pick their teammates on Friday night (Versus, 8 p.m. ET), ahead of Sunday's All-Star Game in Raleigh, N.C. (Versus, 4 p.m. ET)
"It's something that all of us, especially in hockey, grew up doing," Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's vice president of hockey and business development, explained. "Stand back and the captains will pick teams."