Four Chicago Blackhawks and the rest of the Central Division team will wear purple jerseys for the 2017 NHL All-Star Game.
The NHL released color jerseys all four divisions Wednesday. The Los Angeles Kings are hosting the event Saturday, Jan. 29 at Staples Center, so the league is using the Kings’ color palette for the event’s jerseys. In addition to the Central wearing purple, the Atlantic Division will wear gold while the Metropolitan and Pacific will don white and black, respectively.
The 10 stars on the bottom of the jerseys represent each decade in the 100-year history of the league. Additionally, four stars will be displayed on the socks for each division.
The Blackhawks lead the league with four All-Stars: Goaltender Corey Crawford, forwards Patrick Kane and Jonthan Toews and defenseman Duncan Keith. It’s the sixth career All-Star honor for Kane and Toews while it’s the fourth for Keith and second for Crawford.
For the second straight year, the event will be a 3-on-3 tournament of three 20-minute games, featuring four teams of 11 players representing each division with the winning team taking home $1 million. Only one team in each division is allowed two forwards. Last season, the Pacific defeated the Atlantic in the final, 1-0.
The game will be broadcast at 2:30 p.m. CT on NBC, making it the first network-television broadcast of the event since 2004.