By MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency
Remember back to those frosty days of road hockey when the two stud players would alternate in the selection of the kids on hand to make up the teams?
The NHL all-star game could soon be following suit. Sort of, anyway.
In the most significant change to come out of the NHLís GM meetings in Toronto Tuesday, the alteration of the all-star gameís format likely will be implemented for the Jan. 30 contest in Raleigh, N.C.
While the league would not release details, one GM suggested a concept will be adopted in which:
a) Fan voting would still determine the six starters for each team.
b) The NHL's hockey operations department would put together a list of candidates to appear in the contest.
c) The two captains of the respective all-star teams would then select players from the aforementioned list to fill out their rosters, regardless of conference.
In other words, no more East Vs. West or North America Vs. The World.
The selection process reportedly would take place during a live TV event on all-star weekend.
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Changes coming to all-star game?
Yes, hockey is an aggressive and a rough sport game, but it is a WWF sport, neither an ancient Rome gladiators fight. It is a sport to be enjoyed by all fans in as civilized way possible, NOT IN A SUCH AGGRESSIVE WAY FOR A KILL OF THE OPPONENT!
I have always enjoyed playing the and watching sport since I was little, but although it was rough with fights involved, it was a more technical more civil of a game until Gary Bruce Bettman arrived in the scene!
What the hek, we all hockey fans remember the seventies and early eighties when admiring while at the same time (politically driven) hated the Russians and their technical game whenever they were playing with our North American teams! Yes there were fights but not one to kill each other although we hated each other so much for reasons not known to us, except we hated Russia!
Yes, my friends and I are disgusted with the rules that allows and encourages hits like this and its alike (remember Bertuzzi's hit 7 years ago to the day and its alike?). We started a petition to get our true technical hockey game back and get rid of the rules that allow extreme hits like the one upon Pacioretty and YES we will stop watching any NHL games and watch only CHL games until these rules are changed. Make a difference and support our petition to get our game back at : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hockey-Fans-Disgusted-with-NHL-Commissions-Promotion-of-Violence/195222117165687
Sal Moin, 2011-03-10 14:49:33
The new wrinkle while novel won't make things better on ice.
Seeing there's no checking
or intensity anyway, here's a few ideas...
Why not have the NHL stars play the Canadian National Womens team or a Top Prospects Junior team?
The $$$ raised from the gate can go to support our
olympics or minor league associations.
From The Cheap Seats, 2010-11-12 18:27:47
There is no incentive for anyone to win.
They should do what MLB has done and the winning team gets home-ice advantage in the playoffs.
Ed Highfield, 2010-11-10 16:27:08