This years player selection process for the NHL All-Star game is some sort of hybrid, you pick’em, we pick’em, and we all end up with’em scheme to populate the opposing benches. I just read the WP Capitals Insider posting on the we pick’em, fan voting options to find just 3 of our hometown heroes made the ballot:
Online fan voting to determine six players who will attend this year’s NHL All Star game in Raleigh, N.C., will open on Monday and three Capitals players are on the ballot — Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green.
One might say that it’s a little peculiar that Alexander Semin, with his 21 points that currently ranks fourth in the NHL, isn’t on the list. The teams that have more players on the team than the Capitals are: Anaheim (4), Boston (4), Chicago (6), Detroit (5), Los Angeles (4), Philadelphia (5), Pittsburgh (4), San Jose (5), Toronto (4) and Vancouver (4)
My first thought was to get all indigent, write-up a rant, and encourage Caps Nation to rise up in the face of this injustice but that thought passed quickly. Sure, I’m going to vote for Ovechkin, Backstrom, and Green and hopefully be able to write in Semin (Channeling Lisa Murkowski) but I’m having a hard time getting excited about an exhibition that I rarely, if ever, watch. I watched the clip posted above from All-Star weekend game a couple of years ago that showed Ovi hamming it up with Malkin in the skills competition, the man knows how to make people smile, but I passed on the game.
Do I care that the NHL recognize the talent on display every time the Caps hit the ice, absolutely. Do I care about the NHL’s annual exhibition masquerading as legitimate hockey game, not so much.
- NHL all-star game announces new format in which players determine teams (thehockeynews.com)