Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while NHL All-Star weekend and Tampa certainly seem like a good fit.
*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the NHL All-Stars seeing the lack of Olympic participation this winger as a missed opportunity for the league.
*Speaking of Pro Hockey Talk, they also have the best, funniest and most heart-warming moments from the NHL All-Star skills competition including Brad Marchand embracing being the bad guy at the party.
*Speaking of the skills competition, what a show put on by Hilary Knight in the shooting accuracy as she wasted no time hitting all the targets.
*Brian Boyle has the best story of NHL All-Star weekend as he returns to his former NHL home in Tampa Bay for his first career NHL All-Star experience after battling cancer, and some scary health moments with his oldest child.
*Interesting piece on how Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill has turned the center position from an area of need into an asset over the last couple of years.
*Alex Ovechkin has become the first forward since 2002 to win the NHL’s Hardest Shot Competition. I still wish they had invited Zdeno Chara as an All-Star to defend his title. It really ups the interest level in the event when you have the best taking part in it rather than players that can’t even crack 100-mph with their shots.
*San Jose season ticket holders are voicing their frustration with the Sharks organization as attendance slowly ticks downward. Perhaps that’s why they’ve been selected as the host city for next year’s NHL All-Star game.
*For something completely different: Who couldn’t deny an oral history of the Homestar Runner cartoon that featured the legendary “Strong Bad” character.