While teams and players aren’t always thrilled with a two-week interruption to their season (not to mention the compressed schedule that comes with it), one of the Olympic Games bummers is missing out on an All-Star Game. To me, it’s not really about the game itself, either. The downers come with missing the ridiculous but sometimes fantastic skills competition and the fruitless yet fun debates about who was snubbed from the teams.
(Not to mention other side debates, such as my notion that there would be far more interest in an All-Star Game if it took place during the preseason, when people are anxious to see the league’s stars again.)
Well, the good news is that there will be a 2011 NHL All-Star Game and the event will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Hurricanes released the first bit of news about tickets to the event, even if their season ticket holders will get first dibs. Here is the news from The News & Observer.
Lower-level and club-level seats are $260 and upper-level seats $200 each for the All-Star Game and All-Star Skills Competition. For the All-Star Game alone, the prices at $180 and $135, respectively.
“The pricing is in line with prior games,” general manager Jim Rutherford said today. “We’re getting the information out to ticket-holders. Once we see how many our season-ticket holders use and the league uses, we will know at that point how many will go on sale to the public.”
If Carolina/hockey fans can stomach the higher prices, I’d go for the combination of the game itself and the skills competition. The latter typically provides the most memorable situations of the weekend, particularly when Alex Ovechkin gets the chance to express himself.
The game takes place on January 30, 2011. It should be a fun time for all … and dare I wonder if there will be some tailgating before the event(s)?
From the Southampton Press:
Sean Avery, the former National Hockey League player, was arrested by Southampton Village Police last week on two criminal charges.
According to authorities, Mr. Avery was arrested September 30 following a routine traffic stop on Jennings Avenue in the village at about 4:09 p.m. He was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.
Police said the criminal mischief charge involved an incident the day before, when Mr. Avery allegedly threw objects at passing vehicles.
As for those counts of possession, according to the newspaper, Avery was found to have “two prescription drugs, acetaminophen with oxycodone and roxicodone.”
He was released on $500 bail and ordered to appear in court at a later date.
Did we mention he’s supposed to get married this weekend?
Pavel Zacha was this close to making his NHL debut.
Just days prior to opening their season against the Jets, the Devils returned Zacha — the sixth overall pick at this year’s draft — back to his junior club in OHL Sarnia.
The move comes after Zacha, 18, impressed throughout training camp and the preseason. He appeared in four exhibition games for New Jersey, scoring one point while endearing himself to the organizational brass, coaching staff and players.
“He understands the game. He plays with a maturity. It’s crazy to think an 18-year-old coming out of high school is up here and playing with the maturity and understanding of the game with the new system,” Kyle Palmieri told NJ.com. “I think he’s got a lot of raw talent there as a power forward. He’s got the body for it, the puck-handling skills and the nose for the net.”
At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, Zacha has the frame and physical stature to play at the NHL level, and looked the part for long stretches of the exhibition season, getting turns on New Jersey’s top line.
The decision to send him back to junior is probably the right one, however.
Zacha only turned 18 in April and has limited experience even at the OHL level; ’14-15 was his first year with Sarnia, though he did appear in 38 Czech League games (for Liberec) the season prior.