2018 NHL All-Star Game: Jerseys, Captains Announced

WINNIPEG, MB - DECEMBER 27: Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers changes on the fly during third period action against the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell MTS Place on December 27, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Jets defeated the Oilers 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
WINNIPEG, MB - DECEMBER 27: Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers changes on the fly during third period action against the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell MTS Place on December 27, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The Jets defeated the Oilers 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The NHL revealed captains and jersey designs for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game in Tampa. Other captains include some of the NHL’s most electrifying players.

With just under a month to go until the 2018 NHL All-Star Game, the league has revealed its unique jerseys. Also, the voting for captains is over. Each division will be captained by an elite player.

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban, always a lightning rod on and off the ice, will lead the Central Division. It’s Subban’s third All-Star Game selection. He is the only captain to play on the blue line.

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The winner of the fan vote by getting the most votes is none other than Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. He has 45 points in his first 40 games. McDavid has been a significant bright spot for the Oilers.

Both Eastern Conference captains are prolific goal scorers. Alex Ovechkin leads the league with 26 goals at the time of the announcement (Jan. 3). He’ll captain the Metropolitan Division and appear in his seventh All-Star Game. Meanwhile, hometown hero Steven Stamkos will captain the Atlantic Division. Stamkos’ 49 points have him tied for third in the league entering Wednesday.

All four are fun, dynamic players, and Subban and Ovechkin have the personalities to make All-Star Weekend bearable. And we’ll need all the distractions we can get with the jerseys Adidas sprung on us.

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The NHL and Adidas dropped a joint press release when they rolled these bad boys out Wednesday.

"Inspired by the state of Florida, the uniforms create a timeless aesthetic that simultaneously pays homage to the history of the league, while celebrating the city of Tampa Bay, the host city for the 2018 Honda NHL® All-Star Game."

The Eastern Conference ones feel like Adidas recycled some neon fabric from the godawful 2015 All-Star Game sweaters worn in Columbus. Quit trying to make neon on hockey jerseys happen, it’s not going to happen.

Adidas claims the neon yellow and orange are inspired by the sunsets of the Tampa Bay region. But the truth is, they were probably inspired by the Miami Marlins home run structure. At a glance, the Eastern Conference jerseys evoke the history of the league. After all, so many classic All-Star Games featured that classic color scheme.

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Take a closer look, and they feel like rejected Flyers re-designs. That orange doesn’t evoke feelings of the Tampa Bay region so much as it evokes Rocky leaving his humble South Philly home for a jog.

What do you think, readers? Did fans make the right choices at captain? Are you ready to plunk down your hard earned cash for an All-Star Game jersey? Let us know in the comments.