As you may have notice this year the All Star Captains happen to be the Ottawa Senators Captain Daniel Alfredsson and the current Stanley Cup Captain Zdeno Chara. I had one fan ask me how the Captains are selected? I am not aware of any set of rules for Captains but for a the past few years the Captains have all been experienced players with big career accomplishments and respect within the league. Take for example Daniel Alfredsson. Captain of the Ottawa Senators and the All Star game happens to be in Ottawa this year. Zdeno Chara is the Captain for the reigning Stanley Cup Champions the Boston Bruins. Last year the All Star game was in Carolina. Eric Staal and Niklas Lidstrom were Captains. Eric Staal happened to be the Captain for the Carolina Hurricane and Niklas Lidstrom is one of the most respected players in the league and a true legend. Lets say Captains are chosen based on merit and career accomplishments. Alternates are different. This year there was one alternate per team. Alfredsson had New York Ranger Henrik Lundqvist and Chara had Toronto Maple Leaf Joffery Lupul. Last year there were 2 alternates on each team. Staal had Vancouver Canuck Ryan Kesler and Washington Capital Mike Green while Lidstrom had Chicago Blackhawk Patrick Kane and Tampa Bay Lightning Martin St. Louis. At the end of the day the game is for fun so why not make your Captain and Alternate pairings interesting. Where else are you going to see Boston and Toronto team up against Ottawa and New York? Go All Stars and Enjoy X
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