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NHL All-Star Game draft 2024: TV channel, live stream, time to watch captains pick teams

A fan-favorite feature is back to shake up the 2024 NHL All-Star Weekend. 

For the first time since 2015, the player draft returns to determine the rosters for Saturday’s All-Star Game. Four All-Star captains, along with their celebrity pairings, will draft their teams from this year’s pool of All-Stars on Thursday evening. 

The four teams are led by their respective captains: Toronto’s Auston Matthews, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon and the Hughes brothers, Quinn and Jack. 

The NHL All-Star Weekend previously featured three player drafts, in 2011, 2012 and 2015. Since then, the league instead adopted division-based rosters. 

The Sporting News has you covered with everything you need to know ahead of the long-awaited return of the NHL All-Star Game player draft. 

What channel is the NHL All-Star Game draft on?

  • Date: Thursday, Feb. 1
  • TV channel: ESPN2 (U.S.) | Sportsnet, TVAS (Canada)
  • Live streaming: ESPN+, Fubo

The NHL All-Star player draft will air nationally on ESPN2 and can be streamed on ESPN+. Fans can also watch the event on Fubo, which offers a free trial. That way, you can try before you buy. 

NHL All-Star Game draft start time 2024

  • Date: Thursday, Feb. 1
  • Time: 6 p.m. ET 

The All-Star player draft will commence at roughly 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 1.

After the draft at 7 p.m. ET, players from the Professional Women’s Hockey League will compete in a 3-on-3 showcase. That will air only on ESPN+.

NHL All-Star Game Captains 2024

Each team has a designated captain, a co-captain and a celebrity captain. The representatives of the four teams are listed below. 

  • Team Matthews: Toronto center Auston Matthews, Toronto defenseman Morgan Rielly and Justin Bieber
  • Team McDavid: Edmonton center Connor McDavid, Edmonton center Leon Draisaitl and Will Arnett
  • Team MacKinnon: Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado defenseman Cale Makar and Tate McRae
  • Team Hughes: Vancouver defenseman Quinn Hughes, New Jersey center Jack Hughes and Michael Bublé 

Eventually, each team will be paired with a head coach. The four options are the head coaches of the teams atop each division in the NHL standings: Rick Bowness (Winnipeg), Rick Tocchet (Vancouver), Jim Montgomery (Boston) and Peter Laviolette (New York Rangers). 

NHL All-Star Weekend schedule 2024

Date Time (ET) Event TV/Live stream
Thursday, Feb. 1 6 p.m. NHL All-Star Game draft ESPN2, Fubo, Sportsnet, TVAS
Friday, Feb. 2 7 p.m. NHL All-Star Skills Competition ESPN, Fubo, Sportsnet, TVAS
Saturday, Feb. 3 3 p.m. NHL All-Star Game ABC, Fubo, Sportsnet, CBC, TVAS
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