The players have spoken, and Carolina's Eric Staal and Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom will be the captains for the NHL All-Star game in Raleigh.
Staal, playing on home ice, and Lidstrom, a 19-year veteran, will select teams live at 8 p.m. (VERSUS) on Jan. 28.
From the NHL's news release:
The NHL All-Star teams are now designated as Team Staal and Team Lidstrom. Team Staal will wear the previously unveiled white Reebok NHL All-Star jerseys, helmets and socks, with red trim throughout and red gloves and pants. Team Lidstrom will wear the dark blue jerseys with royal blue trim, navy blue helmets, gloves and pants and navy blue socks. The All-Star jerseys feature Reebok's trademark Smoothfit numbering and lettering, created from a special process that provides lighter, stretch-based performance and the ability to include a unique design on the back numbers.
Four alternate captains, two for each team, will be named later this month. The captain and alternate captains for Team Staal and Team Lidstrom will consist of two forwards and one defenseman.