Back-to-Back: Alex Ovechkin is Named Metropolitan Division Captain for NHL All-Star Game for Second Year in a Row

To the surprise of no one, okay maybe there were some surprises since many fans lobbied for Tom Wilson, Alex Ovechkin has been named team captain to represent the Metropolitan Division for the NHL All-Star Game in San Jose. This will be Ovechkin’s eighth All-Star Game of his career and will be the second straight season Ovi has been named captain of the Metro Division. He joins an elite group featuring the All-Star captains of Auston Matthews (Maple Leafs, Atlantic Division), Nathan McKinnon (Avalanche, Central), and Connor McDavid (Oilers, Pacific).  Continue reading “Back-to-Back: Alex Ovechkin is Named Metropolitan Division Captain for NHL All-Star Game for Second Year in a Row”

The “John Scott NHL All-Star Games”: Best Tweets and Pics

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It was nothing but fun in Nashville this weekend when the National Hockey League took over the town. There were so many great pictures out there and some comical tweets and pictures posted by the players themselves. Here are some that made us laugh and wish we were there!

One of the best moments of the competition:

Not to be outdone – Kuzy Channels Ovi

It was nice to see the touching concern players have for their teammates…

And who wouldn’t want Amy Grant as assistant coach in charge of backrubs? PK Subban didn’t seem to mind:

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These Western Conferences guys: you won’t see them smiling together again anytime soon…

Kuzy SCORES!!! Thank RMNB:

John Scott

But face it, the NHL All Star Games were all about John Scott. Without his story there would have been no real reason to watch. The fans celebrated his participation and the other players rallied around him.

First Goal of two scored by John.

A little light-hearted tussle with Patrick Kane. Especially funny since Kane has been booed all weekend and Scott cheered at every turn.

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Photo by CTVNew.ca

 

 

And it was the perfect ending to a great Cinderfella story. The game ended on a high note with the Pacific Division, led by Captain John Scott, leaving with the win and Scott with the MVP award and a renewed respect for the ‘underdog.’ This is just one of the many tweets from the teams around the NHL to John Scott!!

In closing, it was a fun weekend but we are ready to get back to the business playing real games! 

The NHL All-Star Hype

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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.

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Kuzy having a little fun with pal Leo Komarov (Leafes)

 

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:

The Format

 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:

Saturday

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.

 Sunday

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.