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Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Capitals' Alex Ovechkin, Mike Green talk about the All-Star game

Can Alex Ovechkin top this look from the 2009 All-Star game skills competition in Montreal? (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

This year's All-Star game will feature a format unlike anything the NHL has ever done before. The 42 players named to the All-Star roster will select six players to serve as captains -- a captain and two alternates per team comprised of two forwards and one defenseman on each side.

Those captains and alternates will then pick players in an 18-round fantasy draft on Friday, Jan. 28, to kick off the All-Star weekend in Raleigh, N.C. The teams, which will be named after the last name of those voted as captains, will each have 12 forwards, six defensemen and three goaltenders.

So it's possible that Capitals All-Stars Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green could be playing for opposite squads.

"I hope I'm going to stay on the same team as Greenie, because I don't want to hit him hard," Ovechkin said with a laugh after Washington's morning skate at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla.

"There's no hitting in the All-Star game," Green quickly replied.

"Yeah, you can," Ovechkin said with a smile, before discussing the new format. "It's something new; with the new format it's good for fans and for us. If we play East and West everybody knows each other, but we don't play a lot with all the different guys so it's going to be interesting."

Ovechkin will be making his fourth appearance in the All-Star game, while this year will mark Green's first trip to the event. The two-time Norris Trophy candidate says he's looking forward to the weekend.

"This is different for me," Green said. "I've never been there before like Alex has. I'm definitely excited and honored at the same time. I'm just very humbled to be picked for this game and it will be a good experience. [The new format is] back to street hockey days where you split up two guys and they pick teams; I think it's good though. I think it makes it interesting to see who the guys pick and it will be interesting for the fans."

--The NHL also announced the names of 12 rookies, who will participate in the skills competition on Saturday Jan. 29. None of the Capitals' young players made the list, which you can find in its entirety along with the rest of the players named to the All Star game here.

--The league also revealed what the jerseys will look like for the All Star game.

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