Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano and forward Matthew Tkachuk were selected to represent themselves and their team in the NHL’s annual All-Star game(s).
This year will be Giordano’s third All-Star appearance and he will be accompanied by Tkachuk, who calls this year’s host — St. Louis — his hometown.
Both Flames players were voted by fans and there’s clearly a reason why both players have been selected to participate in the annual event.
Giordano, who had a Norris Trophy-winning season last year, has 4 goals and 15 assists for a total of 19 points heading into the Flames’ final game of 2019.
Tkachuk leads the Flames in points this season and is also a candidate for goal of the year in the NHL after scoring between his legs against the Nashville Predators on Oct. 31 — and an overtime buzzer beater, as well. Heading into the Flames’ New Years Eve game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Tkachuk has 15 goals and 20 assists for a total of 35 points.
Tkachuk told NHL.com: “It’s pretty cool to be talked about and put into that category with some of the top players in the league. I think as hockey players, in general, we don’t care at all really about your personal accomplishments – everything we do is towards [winning] the Stanley Cup, and it’s always ‘team first, team first, team first,’ but when something like this happens, you have a chance to reflect for a little bit.”
Tkachuk said he is excited to share his first All-Star experience with his teammate.
“I’m definitely proud of myself. It’s going to be a cool experience being in my hometown in St. Louis, and to have Gio along with me, it’s going to be a very special weekend,” Tkachuk said.
Giordano echoes the sentiment and said he’s excited to join Tkachuk in his hometown.
“There are so many great players in the league and to be selected and be part of that group is something you never take for granted,” Giordano said. “I’ve been with Johnny a few times, and I think going with Chucky in his hometown and being part of that is going to be pretty special.
“I’ll enjoy it, I’ll follow him around St. Louis and have some fun.”
Johnny Gaudreau will also have a chance to play in the game as part of the NHL’s Last Men In online voting, according to NHL.com.