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2009 NHL All Star Game & Festivities

In previous blog posts I stated that there was no way that I was going to be interested in this year’s NHL All Star Game and surrounding festivities. That was true until I found out that the Skills Competition was going to be televised. Usually, this part of the All Star weekend is very entertaining. It’s just fun to watch.

The best part about this year’s Skills Competition? Alex Ovechkin. When he went over to the boards and had Malkin help him get ready, the announcer said….”Oh, he’s got props.” Then, Malkin put a straw hat with Canadian flag and a huge pair of sunglasses onto Ovechkin. It was hilarious. Just watching him skate towards the goal decked out like that was worth it.

And, it was wonderful to see a variety of players smiling. I had never seen Henrik Lundqvist smile before.

The NHL Red Carpet Event was also fun to watch. The NHL does a great job with this, in my opinion. It’s just fun to see how much the fans love getting autographs and the players interact with them. I get such a kick out of seeing professional hockey players walking on a red carpet as compared to hoity toity screen personalities.

After watching the delightfully entertaining Skills Competition and Red Carpet Event..I decided to watch the NHL All Star Game the next day. 🙂

First of all, it was refreshing to see that different players (other than the goalies) were being mic’d. When it was the players shift time, “gotta go play” was what they said as they hopped over the boards. Boom, boom. Nice job. 🙂

The first couple periods were high scoring and really not that exciting. Then came the third period. Suddenly, with a short time left, the competitive personalities seemed to have come out. And when the game went into overtime….wow. It was great. I, personally, have never seen that happen during an All Star Game. The game was still tied at the end of overtime. SHOOT-OUT!!! Woohoo!!!

All in all, it was a refreshing contrast to the 2008 NHL All Star Game.

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