would you believe, All Stars!
The hype for the 2011 All Star Game in Raleigh, NC certainly had me hooked. Though, when all was said and done, I would have to admit that The Thrasher was truly the worst of all 30 guardians…he was rather a let down to me, but I give props for the idea and imagination that went behind all of them. For the actual All Star presence, the new initiative for the teams, the draft, the skill competition, everything has been absolutely amazing.
I want to apologize that I was not able to properly pay tribute to each and every player that made it into the All Star game. To be rewarded with an invite is quite an honor and for each of these players, the ones who have been here the longest setting the way for the young guys like Jeff Skinner, the youngest player to be in the All Star Game. There are a lot of guys out there that made it…and I ran out of time. I am sure the opportunity will come when each of these players will make all hockey fans remember their name again and I am not worried about having ample opportunities in the future to take a moment to discuss players like Alex Ovechkin who broke everything he touched (or got close to) it seemed…from breaking his fall, to his stick and finally the time clock with a grin on his face the whole time…leaving only the fastest shot for Chara to rightfully break his own record and walked away tying Al MacInnis with his 4th straight win. Or Tim Thomas, with that smile beaming through his mask the entire time he was on the ice in the shoot out skills. In his words, there’s a “good young generation coming through.” According to my little girl he never stopped smiling.
I wanted to finish this one the way the weekend began, with Mr. Irrelevant. The last one standing.
Phil Kessel – #81 Right Wing Toronto Maple Leafs. And a great sense of humor.
In his rookie season, awarded the Bill Masterson Memorial Trophy This same season he battled and beat Testicular Cancer. He was named to the NHL Youngstars Game and recorded a hat trick this same season.
Friday night Kessel became the first Mr. Irrelevant. He received $20,000 to be donated to a charity of his chosing. He will be donating that money to a charity involved in testicular cancer research. Maybe he could drive that there in the new car he also won that night.
Here’s to a great weekend! Enjoy the game everyone!