NHL All-Star Game: The stars and the sun will be out at this year's edition

    The All-Star festivities will include various beach-themed activities including the NHL Splash Shot.

    (CNN)Imagine you're an NHL goaltender and you have the duo of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin bearing down on you. No day at the beach, right? Or is it?

    Actually, it will be two days at the beach when the league convenes in Sunrise, Florida, on February 3 and 4 for its annual All-Star extravaganza. Perennial stars and future Hall of Famers Crosby and Ovechkin are expected to skate on the same line again this year for the Metropolitan Division, one of four teams of stars set to vie for a huge pile of cash.
    Those superstars are arguably the most recognizable names in the best ice hockey league in the world, and they'll be joined by plenty of other established and up-and-coming stars heading to the fun and sun in Florida.
      Edmonton sensation Connor McDavid, perhaps the best player on the planet right now, will skate for the Pacific Division; Czech forward David Pastrnak, closing in on a career goalscoring year for Boston, will skate for the Atlantic Division, and Colorado's flashy D-man Cale Makar will compete for the Central Division.
        Then there are the rising stars, like Buffalo's Tage Thompson, also on the Atlantic squad, and rookie Matty Beniers, who's helping the Seattle Kraken surprise the NHL world this season and will skate for the Pacific, a side that will also feature the "Where did they come from?" young goalie pair of Vegas' Logan Thompson and Edmonton's Stuart Skinner.
        Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby will team up this year for the All-Star games.

        New, cross-sport competitions

        This year's event comes with a couple of skills competition twists very much in keeping with the 'beach vibes' environment. It's South Florida, after all, so think water and golf.