Who was NHL All-Star Game MVP 2023? Matthew Tkachuk earns honor after performance in front of home crowd

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It was only fitting that a hometown player was named NHL All-Star MVP in 2023. 

The Atlantic Division powered its way to a 7-5 win over the Central in the All-Star Game final, earning the division its first title since the league shifted to the current 3-on-3 format. 

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Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk showed out in front of his home crowd at FLA Live Arena, earning All-Star MVP honors for his efforts.

Matthew Tkachuk (@TKACHUKycheese_) is your 2023 @Honda #NHLAllStar MVP! 🌴

— NHL (@NHL) February 4, 2023

Tkachuk potted a hat trick and five points in the Atlantic’s semifinal win over the Metropolitan Division. He added a goal and an assist in the final. The 25-year-old became the fifth player in NHL All-Star history to record a hat trick in an All-Star game while representing the host city. 

It’s an @Enterprise hat trick for @TKACHUKycheese_ to help lead the Atlantic Div to the #NHLAllStar Game final!

— NHL (@NHL) February 4, 2023

Another opening goal and a fourth on the day for Matthew Tkachuk 🥳

— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 4, 2023

He and his brother, Senators captain Brady Tkachuk, played on a line together with Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov, much to the delight of the Florida fans in attendance.

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It was the second All-Star Game featuring both of the sons of former NHLer Keith Tkachuk. They skated against each other at the 2020 All-Star Game. Matthew was traded from the Flames to the Panthers this past offseason, which put the siblings in the same division and, therefore, on the same All-Star team. 

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Previous winners of NHL All-Star Game MVP

While the All-Star Game was first introduced in 1947, the MVP award was not given out until 1962 in the 16th edition. 

Wayne Gretzky has won it the most, earning it on three separate occasions. 

Year Winner Team
1962 Eddie Shack Toronto Maple Leafs
1963 Frank Mahovlich Toronto Maple Leafs
1964 Jean Beliveau Montreal Canadiens
1965 Gordie Howe Detroit Red Wings
1967 Henri Richard Montreal Canadiens
1968 Bruce Gamble Toronto Maple Leafs
1969 Frank Mahovlich Toronto Maple Leafs
1970 Bobby Hull Chicago Black Hawks
1971 Bobby Hull Chicago Black Hawks
1972 Bobby Orr Boston Bruins
1973 Greg Polis Pittsburgh Penguins
1974 Garry Unger St. Louis Blues
1975 Syl Apps Jr.  Pittsburgh Penguins
1976 Peter Mahovlich Montreal Canadiens
1977 Rick Martin Buffalo Sabres
1978 Bill Smith New York Islanders
1980 Reggie Leach Philadelphia Flyers
1981 Mike Liut St. Louis Blues
1982 Mike Bossy New York Islanders
1983 Wayne Gretzky Edmonton Oilers
1984 Don Maloney New York Rangers
1985 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
1986 Grant Fuhr Edmonton Oilers
1988 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
1989 Wayne Gretzky Los Angeles Kings
1990 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins
1991 Vincent Damphousse Toronto Maple Leafs
1992 Brett Hull St. Louis Blues
1993 Mike Gartner New York Rangers
1994 Mike Richter New York Rangers
1996 Ray Bourque Boston Bruins
1997 Mark Recchi Montreal Canadiens
1998 Teemu Selanne Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
1999 Wayne Gretzky New York Rangers
2000 Pavel Bure Florida Panthers
2001 Bill Guerin Boston Bruins
2002 Eric Daze Chicago Blackhawks
2003 Dany Heatley Atlanta Thrashers
2004 Joe Sakic Colorado Avalanche
2007 Daniel Briere Buffalo Sabres
2008 Eric Staal Carolina Hurricanes
2009 Alexei Kovalev Montreal Canadiens
2011 Patrick Sharp Chicago Blackhawks
2012 Marian Gaborik New York Rangers
2015 Ryan Johansen Columbus Blue Jackets
2016 John Scott Montreal Canadiens/Arizona Coyotes
2017 Wayne Simmonds Philadelphia Flyers
2018 Brock Boeser Vancouver Canucks
2019 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
2020 David Pastrnak Boston Bruins
2022 Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers
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