from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
At one point over the weekend, Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor Zegras — master of the Michigan, but not invited this time — tweeted the yawning emoji.
Hockey’s main skills — skating, shooting, scoring and saves — should be more on display.
“I’d just like to see more (events) and a higher pace,” said Calgary Flames forward Nazem Kadri. “I know in terms of broadcasting and TV it’s tough to fit in the schedule, but I think a couple more events can be added that make it a little faster paced.”
Commissioner Gary Bettman summed up what he thought the event should be: “All-star is an opportunity in the middle of the season to take a break, bring the NHL family together and have fun. That’s what it’s all about. Have a great time. It’s our opportunity to do business. The players have a great time getting together. It’s all about having a good time and connecting with our fans in yet another way.”...
“There’s so many different things that they can do,” McDavid said. “They keep being creative and they’re trying to ultimately make it as entertaining for the fans as possible. And obviously this is for the fans. We’re here to put on a show and I hope we did that. I hope fans enjoyed it.”
Florida used the beach, sun and surf to play off its environs. Easy to do when the rest of North America is shivering. What could Toronto do a year from now?
“Maybe a polar plunge into Lake Ontario,” said Leafs star Mitch Marner.
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