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Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine get 1st all-star nods

Rookie sensations Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine and superstars Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin are among the players named to the rosters for the 2017 NHL all-star weekend.

NHL unveils rosters for mid-season showcase

Winnipeg's Patrik Laine, left, and Toronto's Auston Matthews both earned their first all-star nominations on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

The National Hockey League is adding another incentive to its all-star weekend.

The league announced on Wednesday that the division that wins the skills competition on the Saturday will choose its semi-final opponent and game time for the Sunday 3-on-3 tournament.

The change comes a year after the league moved to the tournament format, which comes with a $1 million prize for the winning team.

The all-star weekend will be held Jan. 28-29 in Los Angeles. 

The NHL also unveiled the jerseys for each division, which include colours from the uniform history of the host Kings.

Rookie sensations Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine and superstars Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin are among the players named to the rosters for the 2017 NHL all-star weekend.

Laine, the rookie leading scorer with 37 points, is the lone Winnipeg Jets representative on a Central Division roster also including captain P.K. Subban of Nashville and reigning league MVP Patrick Kane of Chicago.

Laine's participation in the tournament is questionable after he suffered a concussion in a recent game against Buffalo. If he can't go, Winnipeg forwards Mark Scheifele or Nikolaj Ehlers, who share the Jets' scoring lead with Laine, are possible replacements.

Matthews, second in rookie scoring with 35 points, is the only member of the Toronto Maple Leafs on the Atlantic Division roster.

He joins a team captained by Montreal goaltender Carey Price that also includes Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber and star Ottawa rearguard Erik Karlsson.

The Pacific Division roster, captained by NHL leading scorer Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, includes Calgary forward Johnny Gaudreau and Vancouver forward Bo Horvat. The hometown Kings will be represented by forward Jeff Carter and defenceman Drew Doughty in their home rink.

Malkin joins Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Sidney Crosby on the Metropolitan Division roster, which also includes Washington sniper Ovechkin.

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