The NHL hosts their version of the All Star game this weekend in Nashville, TN. Its an annual event players and fans have come to love and hate. We love seeing our favorite players outside their home environment and teaming up with rival players. But most hate the interruption of the season just as we pass the mid-point threshold.
This year is a little different for Washington Capitals fans though. The excitement started with the announcement that Barry Trotz had been selected as the Metropolitan Coach. Added to the team line-up were Braden Holtby, Alex Ovechkin, and Nicklas Backstrom. Coach started almost immediately to lobby for the inclusion of the “underrated” Backstrom at the games. Nicky said he had nothing to do with Coach’s decision but is honored and excited to be in Nashville.
The one thing keeping national hockey fans engaged, beyond seeing all our favorite players in one place is the John Scott drama. A less-than top quality player, enforcer Scott was voted in by the fans as one of the team captains. Scott has gone with the flow read his own take on it here) despite some backlash from the league itself. There is no denying that he has stolen some of the limelight this year. Even Holtby managed to get his picture taken with him.
The big change for the Caps was the decision to hold Alex Ovechkin back to rest a nagging minor injury. (Oh and he was suspended for one game as a result)The disappointment of Ovi staying home was quickly overtaken with the excitement that Evgeny Kuznetsov would be taking his place. He was just who we needed to replace Ovi–one skilled charismatic Russian for another. And he seems to be having a blast and creating his own buzz:
Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena will host the NHL All-Star Games new format of three 20-minute 3-on-3 hockey games. According to the NHL: “Each team will be made up of 11 players: six forwards, three defensemen and two goaltenders” Check out the team rosters here. Additionally, there will be a skills competition to highlight the special skills of the players voted in to participate.
Key segments of the weekend schedule looks like this:
Player Red Carpet Arrivals
|3:00 p.m.||4:00 p.m.|
|Mascot Showdown Shinny Game||4:30 p.m.||5:00 p.m.|
|2016 NHL All-Star Skills Competition||6:00 p.m.||8:30 p.m.|
|2016 NHL All-Star Game||4:00 p.m.||7:00 p.m.|
For Barry Trotz this is a special homecoming weekend as he still has family in the are and a link to the special needs community. One of the things we love about him is his commitment to community. He paid a visit to Best Buddies in between meeting his media obligations:
Check out the All-Star Game site for more information on the game. In the meantime, here are some great shots of Trotz BoyZ captured during Friday’s media day. Check back with us later for some shots of what the other players are doing this weekend…like shots from the beach…
Our thanks to the NHL and the Washington Capitals for some great shots of our Boyz and the events.