NWHL All-Star Weekend getting closer: Fans’ Four selected

Four professional women hockey players have been selected by fans to participate in the National Women’s Hockey League’s 2017 All-Star Weekend in Pittsburgh in February.

The fans selected Gigi Marvin of the Boston Pride, Harrison Browne of the Buffalo Beauts and Madison Packer and Rebecca Russo of the New York Riveters. This quartet was picked from over 20,000 votes that were submitted by fans. The selection process for the full Al-Star Game roster will continue this week with two picks by NWHL reporters and eight players chosen by All-Star captains Amanda Kessel and Kelley Steadman. After the reporters and captains pick, the four head coaches will complete the rosters.

The list of players just missing out on the fan vote is also pretty impressive. Brianna Decker, Alex Carpenter and Alyssa Gagliardi missed the cut for the Pride; Corinne Buie, Shiann Darkangelo and Amanda Levielle of the Beauts; Kelly Babstock and Haley Skarupa of the Connecticut Whale; and Ashley Johnston, Bray Ketchum and Tatiana Rafter of the Riveters all just missed the cut and will need to hope for a media, captain or head coach pick to become a 2017 NWHL All Star.

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The All-Star teams will have two goalies, four defenders and eight forwards.

The All-Star Game will kick off with a Skills Showdown on Feb. 11 at 4:00 p.m. ET and the game follows on Sunday, Feb. 12 set to begin at 3:00 p.m. ET. Both events will take place at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex— the practice facility for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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