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NEW YORK (February 2, 2011) – The NHL® All-Star weekend, highlighted by the first ever NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco, was a huge success for the League, earning significant increases in viewership in Canada and the United States, a 42 percent increase in sponsorship revenue over the last All-Star Game in the U.S., an all-time record for video starts on NHL.com and the best retail performance for a U.S.-based All-Star Game in seven years.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
Selected by Team Staal with only five other players remaining, Elias said the process had a built-in insult factor for those who are bypassed until the end.
“I didn’t enjoy it (much). The fans and media enjoy it. Whoever is going last is going to hear it for a long time,” Elias said today. “It’s not right. The guys are top players and you don’t want to put guys in that position.”
He was relieved not to be picked last.
“Kind of,” he said.
Phil Kessel was the last pick and received a car for it. Elias said he would not have wanted to get a car for being last, although he was able to crack jokes during the draft.
“One was when they called the rookies up on the stage and we were still sitting there,” Elias recalled. “I said, ‘Holy (cow), the rookies are going before us. That’s not good.’ “
(Toronto) - Both Sunday night’s NHL All-Star Game and Saturday’s NHL Super Skills Competition were record-setting ratings smashes for CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA, according to BBM overnight data.
The 2011 All Star Game on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA drew an average audience of 2.389 million viewers, a huge 56 per cent increase over viewership of the last NHL All-Star Game played in 2009 in Montreal, when 1.527 million tuned in (there was no game last year due to the 2010 Winter Olympics).
The condensed version of the ASG can be watched below.
It runs 17 minutes and you may want it to buffer a bit once it starts.
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.
Again, any other city than Toronto, this would be a non-issue.
I’d say some of the media is digging too deeply.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• The selection of Cam Ward first overall in the NHL all-star fantasy draft is indication of just how small and occasionally small-minded the NHL can be. Was Ward the best player available? No. The best goalie available? No. The most famous? No. He was picked because he happens to be captain Eric Staal’s teammate in Carolina. Which is nice for the good people of Carolina. But quite ridiculous with Alexander Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos and others available.
• Clearly, captains Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom don’t stay up late at night. How else to explain Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller being the last of six goalies selected? They can’t be watching the Ducks play if they waited that long for Hiller, who’s ahead of Ward in every meaningful statistical category.
• If you turn to someone in Los Angeles today and tell them that Anze Kopitar is playing for Team Lidstrom, would they have any idea what you’re talking about?
more hockey notes, including a look at Dion Phaneuf…
RALEIGH (January 29, 2011)—The National Hockey League today announced the scheduled participants in the specific Honda NHL SuperSkills®, the six events that will showcase hockey’s top talent tonight during the 2011 NHL® All-Star Weekend in Raleigh. Earlier today, team captains Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom, along with their alternate captains Patrick Kane, Martin St. Louis, Ryan Kesler and Mike Green, selected the skills participants from the teams they picked last night at the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft.
Order of participation will be determined by the Captains on the ice just before the start of each event, and participants are subject to change. Each All-Star will be involved in no more than three events, excluding the Discover NHL Elimination Shootout™, the event in which every player participates.
This tweet from Darren Dreger gives us Brian Burke’s thoughts on Kessel being picked last in the ASG Draft last night..
Brian Burke suggests last 5 players of the ASG draft should be drawn out of a hat. Doesn’t like negative focus on Kessel.
Now we know how Burke feels, or do we? Last night on Sportsnet…
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
Anyone with even a partial understanding of the sport of hockey, and certainly people who have any fondness or respect for the NHL, should look upon the All-Star Game with nothing but contempt.
The event that occurs tomorrow afternoon at the Carolina Hurricanes’ RBC Center isn’t just a waste of time for all involved, it’s far worse than that. This ridiculous game isn’t merely of zero value in promoting the league, it’s actually a giant negative.
It hurts the game.
The NHLPA is sponsoring the MVP Challenge. Good luck!
thanks to a KK member for the pointer
RALEIGH, N.C. (January 28, 2011)—The coaching assignments for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend were determined after a coin-flip ceremony today.
Head coach Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks and his assistant, Mike Haviland, was assigned to coach Team Staal—captained by Eric Staal of the All-Star host Carolina Hurricanes.
Head coaches Peter Laviolette of the Philadelphia Flyers and Alain Vigneault of the Vancouver Canucks, meanwhile, will coach Team Lidstrom, which is captained by Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings.
Quenneville and Haviland were named as All-Star coaches as a reward for guiding the Blackhawks to the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship. Laviolette and Vigneault earned All-Star coaching honors for leading their respective conferences through the midpoint of the regular season (Saturday, Jan. 8).
via Rob Rossi of Chipped Ice at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
...multiple sources confirmed early this morning that C SIDNEY CROSBY(concussion) will definately miss the NHL All-Star Game next Sunday at Carolina. Also, C EVGENI MALKIN is very unlikely to play.
Crosby has missed eight straight games with a concussion. His remaining symptoms include headache and neck soreness.
Malkin has missed the last two games because of a re-aggravated left knee injury. The knee has been a troublesome issue dating to October.
The Penguins are expected to make an official annoucement about Crosby’s All-Star status over the comign days. No final decision has been made about Malkin, though the team believes his chances of playing are slim
NEW YORK (January 22, 2011) – Mike Green of the Washington Capitals, Patrick Kane of the Stanley Cup® Champion Chicago Blackhawks, Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver Canucks and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning have been named Alternate Captains for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. Green and Kesler join the team of Captain Eric Staal from the host Carolina Hurricanes while Kane and St. Louis become part of the team of Captain Nicklas Lidstrom from the Detroit Red Wings.
NEW YORK, N.Y. (January 20, 2011) - VERSUS today announced details of its extensive coverage of the 2011 NHL® All-Star Weekend presented by Discover, beginning with the first ever NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft™ powered by Cisco on Friday, January 28, at 8 p.m. ET, during which players will participate in the ultimate game of pick-up hockey when two captains select the NHL All-Star squads. The network will then air the 2011 Honda NHL SuperSkills® competition on Saturday, January 29, at 7 p.m. ET, as these elite athletes display their skating, puck-handling and shooting skills. VERSUS will culminate its weekend coverage with the 58th annual NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, January 30, at 4 p.m. ET, live from the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.
NEW YORK (January 19, 2011) – The National Hockey League today announced the details of the Honda NHL SuperSkills® and the format of the six events that will showcase hockey’s top talent on Sat., Jan. 29, during 2011 NHL® All-Star Weekend in Raleigh.
The NHL All-Stars and Rookies will participate in six events:
• Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater™
• BlackBerry NHL Breakaway Challenge™
• McDonald’s NHL Accuracy Shooting™
• G Series NHL Skills Challenge Relay™
• XM NHL Hardest Shot™
• Discover NHL Elimination Shootout™
Information provided by Bodog.
Who will win the 2011 NHL All Star Game?
Team Staal -110
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
The first NHL All-Star Game Fantasy Draft will be held next Friday night in Raleigh, and it could be a game-changer for how these exhibition game rosters are chosen—and not just for hockey.
For puckheads, it’s provided some much-needed buzz for a midseason event that has its share of detractors and those who want the game eliminated outright.
“It’s funny: I see a lot of people really [pooping] on it, but not a lot of them are guys that played in them,” said Brendan Shanahan, NHL VP of hockey and business development. “When I was a kid, I loved the All-Star Game. It was almost like seeing actors out of character.”
via Chris Johnston tweet,
Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom are named NHL all-star captains.
NEW YORK (January 18, 2011) – Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings have been named team Captains for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The Captains were selected by their fellow NHL All-Stars and will lead the team selection process during the new NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco on Jan. 28. As Captains, Staal and Lidstrom also will set their team rosters for the Honda NHL SuperSkills® on Jan. 29 and wear the “C” during the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Jan. 30.
When it was announced last November that the NHL All-Star game was changing its format to have two “team captains” select their squads in schoolyard-esque fashion, many people likely thought of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin as the most suitable candidates. After all, who better to represent the league at its premier skills showcase than two of its best players and most marketable stars?
But just two months later, Crosby is out with a concussion and may have to miss the game, and Ovechkin has been achieving well below his usual level of offensive excellence thus far. With a player vote set to determine the identities of the captains, it’s possible we could see another dynamic duo selected for the two leadership roles in Carolina.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Even though Sidney Crosby is a shoo-in to be chosen Tuesday as one of the captains who will pick the teams for the NHL all-star game, do not be surprised if he declines to participate, even if he recovers from his concussion.
The word filtering out of the Pittsburgh Penguins is that Crosby is an angry young man, angry enough to pull his considerable star presence from one of the league’s showcase events because he does not think the NHL is doing enough to protect its players. An NHL source said Crosby is not likely to tell the NHL he is withdrawing from the all-star game to protest the fact neither player who hit him on the head was suspended. However, he could easily decline and cite the need for complete recovery from a mild concussion.
The source said Crosby, who showed up at the all-star game in Montreal two years ago even though he sustained a knee injury and could not play, is not inclined to do any more such favours right now.
A complete list at the All-Star section of NHL.com.
NEW YORK (January 11, 2011) – The National Hockey League today announced the additional 36 All-Stars and 12 Rookies who will join fan-voted top six Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith, in Raleigh for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend festivities.
The 42 All-Stars will play in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Sunday, Jan. 30 at the RBC Center. Each team will be comprised of 3 goalies, 6 defensemen and 12 forwards and will have one captain and two alternates to be chosen by the players and announced next week. The 12 NHL Rookies, along with the 42 All-Stars, will participate in the Honda NHL SuperSkills® on Sat., Jan. 29 at the RBC Center.
Below are the additional 36 All-Stars and 12 Rookies:
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Kris Letang and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks are the six players selected as NHL® All-Stars via 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Balloting presented by XM, the National Hockey League announced today. Each is scheduled to appear in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover as well as the Honda NHL SuperSkills® in Raleigh (Jan. 29-30).
continue for everything ASG related…
RALEIGH (December 8, 2010)—Raleigh leaders literally took to the ice today to unveil plans for NHL® All-Star Wide Open, a three- day extravaganza in partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Carolina Hurricanes to celebrate the arrival of the 2011 NHL® All-Star Weekend, Jan. 28-30.
The “all-star” line-up will feature not only hockey’s best, but a free Friday night show at the Downtown Raleigh Amphitheater from the multi-platinum Three Doors Down. The band’s debut sold more than six million albums and produced the smash, “Krypotnite.” Its album, “Seventeen Days,” debuted at Number One on Billboard’s album chart.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Fan voting would still be utilized to determine the game’s starters, while the NHL’s Hockey Operations department would select the rest of the weekend’s All-Star participants.
An interesting twist would see the appointed captains for each conference draft a team from the players selected from the larger group assembled by Hockey Operations.
NHL Vice-President of Hockey and Business Development Brendan Shanahan wouldn’t confirm details, but did say changes are being discussed and that the NHLPA is on board.
a bit more...
from Terrell Williams of Hurricanes.com,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today revealed the logo for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, to be held Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at the RBC Center. The team also announced that the tallest building in Raleigh, the RBC Plaza on Fayetteville St., will display a 5,000 square-foot window treatment promoting All-Star Weekend.
The 2011 All-Star Game logo was designed and created by the NHL and is property of the NHL. Here is the league’s description of its design: