Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/24/09 at 08:05 PM ET
from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,
As part of the NHL All-Star Game weekend festivities, The Hockey News and the NHL threw a party in Montreal on Friday night – and all the stars came out.
Well, a bunch of them, anyway.
About 600 people turned up, including NHL players and alumni, GMs and team executives, media members and fans…even a certain NHL commissioner and NHL Players’ Association union boss made an appearance (uh, not together).
• Hey look, there’s NHLPA boss Paul Kelly, cornered by fast-talking THN senior writer Ken Campbell. Oh well…Kelly’s a lawyer; he’s heard fast talk before.
• Speaking of Kelly, isn’t that his nemesis over there, NHL commish Gary Bettman? Why, yes it is; thanks for coming out, Gary. But…where’s his suit? For the first time, well, maybe ever, Bettman was spotted suitless – he opted for a casual sweater-and-pants combo instead. (Figures…the one night a year I show up in a suit, and Mr. Suit himself decides to let his hair down and enjoy the party.)
(Full disclosure: Bettman was another one who I didn’t actually see with my own eyes at the party, but several co-workers mentioned that he was there. And then after they told me that the next thing out of their mouth was, “And he’s wearing a sweater!”)
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