Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/30/11 at 11:56 PM ET
from Michel Farber of Sports Illustrated,
The “non-traditional” All-Star venues have been problematic. And by problematic, I mean awful. Los Angeles swallowed the All-Star game without even bothering to chew while the mid-season hockey festivals came and went in Tampa Bay and Florida without leaving a footprint in the sand. The Atlanta event didn’t register within 100 yards from the arena. In all these cases, the tedium was the message.
But the Triangle region of North Carolina faced the challenges of holding an All-Star game—the diffuse nature of the area, the distance of the arena from the modest Raleigh downtown—and stared them down with a smile. This wasn’t Montreal 2009—it was some 60 or so degrees warmer, for one thing—but it was the next best thing, a reminder that hockey can have universal appeal.
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