by Patrick Hoffman on 01/23/09 at 10:00 AM ET
I was on my way back from a men’s league game (I’m a goaltender) last night and was listening to NHL Home Ice on XM. Fittingly, they had on a classic All-Star Game.
The game that they replayed was the 1996 All-Star game in Boston and I have to say that that was probably the best All-Star game in the last 13 years. Not only did the hometown hero Raymond Bourque score in the closing minute to give the Eastern Conference a 5-4 victory but it was just good all around hockey in general.
It was a competitive 5-4 game. There weren’t a lot of goals scored so the ones that were ended up being extremely important and that’s what fans like to see in All-Star games.
Not only that, but the winning team was awarded 250,000, which means that the game meant something to the players too.
Here we are 13 years later and players are dropping out, the selection process has become a joke and it’s just not as fun and exciting as it used to be.
With that being said, if you were Gary Bettman, what would you do to make the All-Star game better? Let’s hear your thoughts!
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