Funeral repasts are nothing new for the National Hockey League.
Since 2000, the league has had more than 60 all-star games played in front of an average of over 1 million fans at various arenas across the country.
The event, held annually in the middle of the summer, is a way for teams to mark the anniversary of a player’s death and to remember the legacy that has been left behind by a former player.
The league is hoping this year’s festivities will be no different.
In fact, some of the best all-stars from past years have returned to represent the league in the past.
Here’s a look at what you need, and what to look out for during this season’s all-Star festivities.
Funeral Repasts: Past and Present The following is a list of the players that have played in at least one of the past 40 games, as well as their respective repasts.
*The following players played in the 2016-17 season.
All stats are from hockeyfights.com.
*All players are listed as rookies or second-year players in this article.
The following players are expected to return to the lineup this season: *Dmitry Kulikov, D, New Jersey Devils (20 GP, 10 G, 11 A) – This is an important player to keep an eye on.
Kulikova will be the second defenseman to play in all 82 games for the Devils, following Matt Carle.
The 25-year-old Czech Republic native played in just 13 games with the Islanders this season and recorded one assist.
He also played in all seven of the Isles’ preseason games, helping the team win the Atlantic Division for the first time since 2008.
*Dylan Larkin, LW, Anaheim Ducks (25 GP, 16 G, 17 A) – Larkin is expected to be back to the Ducks lineup this coming season.
The 19-year old forward has played in a total of 16 games this season, including five in his final six games with New Jersey.
He recorded two assists, but also scored his first career NHL goal.
*Alex DeBrincat, RW, Philadelphia Flyers (28 GP, 15 G, 14 A)– DeBrinchat was on the ice for his first NHL goal, but the 25-years-old defenseman is expected back in the lineup for Philadelphia.
The 30-year veteran played in eight games for Philadelphia this season.
*Mason Raymond, D/RW, Dallas Stars (15 GP, 8 G, 2 A)- Raymond had a strong showing in the preseason and has been skating with the Stars this summer.
He was on pace to record his first 30-goal season, but a fractured foot prevented him from logging the full season.
His season could end up with him playing for his hometown Texas Stars if he does not play well.
*Travis Hamonic, C, Boston Bruins (24 GP, 18 G, 13 A) — The 21-year year-old forward will return to Boston this season after missing the entire 2017-18 season with a lower-body injury.
He will also play in the AHL this year, which is where he spent most of the 2016 season.
This marks Hamonic’s fourth season with the Bruins and his first with the organization.
*Michael McLeod, D (21 GP, 14 G, 15 A)– The 21th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft has yet to play a game in his career.
He is expected be back in goal for the New York Islanders this year.
He missed all but one game with a shoulder injury in 2016-16.
*Brett Connolly, LW (20 G, 8 A, 3 Pts) – Connolly has notched four points (one goal, three assists) in 18 games this year for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
He’s expected to get a shot at the top line role with the Blue Jackets, and he could be a nice complement to Olli Maatta on the third line.
*Jordan Eberle, LW/RW (15 G, 5 A, 1 Pts, 1 S) – The 25th overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft is expected get a look with the Anaheim Ducks this season following the trade of Ryan Kesler to Anaheim.
The 21 year old Czech forward has not played since December 25, when he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings.
*Ben Bishop, LW-RW (17 G, 4 A, 2 Pts), Jordan Eberly, D-C (17 GP, 4 G, 1 A) and Michael McLeod (18 G, 6 A, 0 Pts): The following stars played in their first game for their teams during the 2016 All-Stars Classic.
*Nicklas Backstrom, C-C, Nashville Predators (7 GP