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Published January 30, 2012
STILL MEANINGFUL: NHL All-Star Game hosts and participants said that those who "turn a telescope on the NHL all-star game in order to show it’s irrelevant to the players and a bore for the fans are looking through the wrong end." The GLOBE & MAIL's David Shoalts noted the game "still means a great deal to the league, host team and city, fans and even the players from economic, marketing and entertainment standpoints." Sharks coach Todd McLellan believes that the NHL "is succeeding." He said that the fans "love the pregame draft ... and the skills competition, which is held the night before the game." Shoalts noted there was a "large, enthusiastic crowd for last Thursday’s player draft and both the skills competition and the all-star game" had long been sold out (GLOBE & MAIL, 1/28). In N.Y., Mike Vaccaro wrote there are "a lot of cool things about the NHL, but the way they pick their All-Star teams has to qualify as one of [the] coolest of the cool" (N.Y. POST, 1/29). ESPN.com's Scott Burnside wrote the All-Star draft is a "terrific addition to the festivities, although there's got to be a way to get the players more enthused." Burnside: "How about fitting more of the players, especially the ones who might likely go later in the proceedings, with microphones" (ESPN.com, 1/29).