Todd Reirden has done a good job guiding the Washington Capitals in their quest to back-to-back and that effort was rewarded by the NHL on Saturday morning. The league officially announced who the head coaches are for each division for the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose, California. Reirden will coach the Metropolitan Division which features Capitals defenseman John Carlson and goaltender Braden Holtby.
Reirden will join the likes of Jon Cooper of the Lightning (Atlantic Division), Paul Maurice of the Jets (Central), and Bill Peters of the Flames (Pacific). A factor of the selection for the head coaches of each division is the coaches of the teams with the highest point percentage, points earned divided by the total possible points thorough the games on Saturday January 5 were selected. Jan. 5 is the official halfway mark of the season. Reirden’s Caps posted a .650 winning percentage with a 24-12-4 mark, good for 52 points and first place in the Metro Division.
Alex Ovechkin was initially named captain of the Metropolitan Division but chose to skip the All-Star Game to rest up for the second half grind.
Here are the All-Star players Reirden will coach for the All-Star Game. Want to add Nicklas Backstrom to the list? You can do so by voting him in as part of the Last Men In ballots, which allows fans to decide the final player on each All-Star roster from a list of 31 candidates- one from each NHL team.
Sebstian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes
Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets
Matthew Barzal, New York Islanders
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils
John Carlson, CAPS
Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets
Braden Holtby, CAPS
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
From the NHL:
The National Hockey League announced today that Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning (Atlantic), Paul Maurice of the Winnipeg Jets (Central), Todd Reirden of the Washington Capitals (Metropolitan) and Bill Peters of the Calgary Flames (Pacific) will serve as the head coaches for the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, which will be held Jan. 25-26 in San Jose.
Under the All-Star selection process, the head coach of the team with the highest points percentage (points earned divided by total possible points) in each of the four divisions through games of Saturday, Jan. 5 – the halfway point of the regular season – will guide the respective All-Star rosters.
Cooper’s Lightning (.805, 32-7-2), Maurice’s Jets (.650, 25-13-2), Reirden’s Capitals (.650, 24‑12‑4) and Peters’ Flames (.643, 25-13-4) already have secured the highest points percentages in their respective divisions through today’s games.