No doubt Steven Stamkos would’ve joined Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman (and, actually, Steve Yzerman and Phil Esposito) in Los Angeles for All-Star weekend, but alas he remains injured. So let’s take a trip down memory lane of Stamkos as an All-Star throughout his career.
2009 in Montreal
Stamkos was selected as an “NHL YoungStar” back when the NHL was desperately trying to change things up and make it interesting. Whether they’ve succeeded or not is a personal opinion. Anyway, rookie Stammer went to Montreal to sit at the kids table, and Martin St. Louis represented the big kids.
This year isn’t officially in the record books for Stamkos as an All-Star but he still participated.
Watch a condensed version of the skills competition. Starting at the 1:30 mark, both St. Louis and Stamkos try to show off their moves in the breakaway challenge.
2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina
The NHL revamped the All-Star process by letting players participate in a fantasy draft to select their team. Team Lidstrom had St. Louis, and so unsurprisingly, with their first pick, they selected Stamkos. Cam Ward, the hometown guy, went first overall.
Watch Stamkos take part in the hardest shot competition.
2012 in Ottawa
The NHL again went with the fantasy draft format. Stamkos landed on Team Alfredsson, the hometown team. During the skills competition, Stamkos leaves Jim Hughson pretty much speechless with his spinorama.
In the actual game, Stamkos was awarded a penalty shot.
Team Chara won 12-9 and Marian Gaborik was named MVP.
2015 in Columbus
It’s the fantasy draft that won’t go away... I mean what? Watch the entire broadcast as Stamkos again finds himself on the hometown team after being selected by Team Foligno.
And once again, watch Stamkos wind up for the hardest shot.
The game had no shortage of goals, setting a record for most goals at the All-Star Game with 29. Stamkos had two of them. Watch all the goals below.
Team Toews beat Team Foglino 17-12 and Ryan Johansen was named MVP.
2016 in Nashville
Since the league decided there apparently weren’t enough goals in the 2015 All-Star Game, they scrapped the 5-on-5 format — including the fantasy draft — and went with the 3-on-3 format they started forcing on us in the regular season. Both Stamkos and Ben Bishop got the call to represent the Lightning.
You shouldn’t be surprised that Stamkos gave it another go in the hardest shot competition. Watch below.
You can also see him in the relay:
And in the shootout challenge. Don’t miss the nice moment in the beginning that he shares with PK Subban and Jaromir Jagr, and John Tavares tries to join in.
The Atlantic Division lost in the final game at the All-Star Game, and John Scott got his MVP.
If that’s not enough All-Star Stamkos for you, check out our photo gallery below!
- That time when they had NHL Youngstars at the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
- Such a young Stamkos! Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images
- 2009 YoungStars Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
- Breakaway challenge, 2009 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
- Breakaway challenge, 2009 Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images
- 2009 skills competition with Alex Ovechkin Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
- 2011 All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
- Getting ready for the 2011 All-Star Game Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
- Stamkos was a member of Team Lidstrom 2011 back when they drafted players to teams Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
- Team Lidstrom vs Team Staal in 2011 Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
- 2012 All-Star Weekend in Ottawa Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
- Accuracy shooting for Team Alfredsson in 2012 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
- Scoring on Tim Thomas in the elimination shootout in 2012 Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
- Future captains eventually but in 2012 they both wore the A Getty Images
- Exchanging sigs and twigs with All-Star teammate Claude Giroux in 2012 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
- A look inside Team Alfredsson’s locker room before the 2012 All-Star Game Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
- Stamkos on Team Alfredsson... no comment on the hair Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
- Watch Drake perform during intermission Getty Images
- 2015 NHL All-Star Weekend in Columbus Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
- Stamkos was on Team Foligno in 2015 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
- Taking a shot on Corey Crawford in the shootout event in 2015 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
- Competing in the hardest shot event in 2015 Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images
- Team Foligno teammates in 2015 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
- Stamkos and Drew Doughty in 2015 Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images
- 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend in Nashville Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
- 2016 All-Star portrait Photo by Sanford Myers/Getty Images
- With Ben Bishop during the 2016 skills competition Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
- Taking a shot for hardest shot in 2016 Photo by Sanford Myers/Getty Images
- On the bench with Ben Bishop and other Eastern Conference pals Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
- Stamkos vs Daniel Sedin in 2016 Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images