It’s that time of the season again! The NHL All-Star Game is less than a week away, and this year it is going to be held Raleigh, NC, home of the Carolina Hurricanes. This year will also have some big changes from years past.
It has been two years since the last All-Star Game. Last year was the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and the NHL closed for two weeks so players could represent their home countries. We have been used to the old East vs. West all-star game in past games. But this year the players themselves will be choosing who is on whose team.
“I’m excited to see who the captains are going to pick for their teams this all-star year,” said junior Gage Glover.
Out of a select pool of players captains Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom will choose their team. This changes the usual lopsided competition in skill. Usually the East produces more skilled players that dazzle and bring people to their feet in the skills competition.
“Being a Devils fan, I can’t wait to see Zach Parise show some of his great skill,” said junior Gregg Johnsen.
Expect to still see your favorites of fastest skater, hardest shot, elimination shootout, skills relay, and many more.
To check out this year's All-Star Weekend, first check out the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft on Friday at 8 pm. on Versus. Saturday night, tune in to see the skills competition at 7 p.m. on Versus. Then to end the weekend, the All-Star Game will face off at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Get ready hockey fans for more hard hitting excitement!
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