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Boeser owns All-Star weekend with MVP; Pacific beats Atlantic

2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game - Red Carpet

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 28: Brock Boeser #6 of the Vancouver Canucks gets interviewed after arriving on the red carpet prior to the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Amalie Arena on January 28, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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What a weekend for Brock Boeser and hockey fans.

It wasn’t enough that Boeser won the official trophy for best hair (MWF - Most Wonderful Flow?), and it wasn’t even enough that the Vancouver Canucks rookie clobbered the accuracy shooting competition. Boeser scored the game-winning goal for the Pacific Division in a 5-2 win against the Central Division, and then helped the Pacific beat the Atlantic 5-2 to split $1 million in winnings. With that, he was named the MVP.

“I was definitely nervous coming into it. I had some sweat going down my palms yesterday before the shooting contest,” Boeser said. “But I think once you get here, meet most of the guys and have some laughs, it’s easier to enjoy the experience. I wasn’t too nervous about today — just have fun, smile and play hockey. That’s what I did and I enjoyed all of it.”

Unsolicited opinion: It’s cooler when a guy on an entry-level contract ends up winning the MVP, and thus a car, rather than a guy who’s already making mega-bucks. That was a sneaky bonus of the already-tremendous moment of John Scott winning an MVP. Boeser is set to be an RFA after 2018-19, although a shampoo company should probably make him rich before then, if there’s any justice in the universe.

Seriously though, All-Star Weekend was good to hockey’s new favorite Thor look-alike.

The Pacific vs. Atlantic matchup was a little less wild than the first two games. Check out this post for a bucket’s worth of great GIFS, pictures, videos, and antics.

The Pacific Division thought this moment was exciting, by the way.


That said, there were some fun moments, including Brad Marchand continuing to really milk the whole villain thing. One of the highlights: Marchand drawing a rare penalty on Johnny Gaudreau, then really hamming it up.

The Sweater song


Mike Smith was pretty close to scoring as a goalie:

D’oh. Let’s just throw some more Brock hair fun in there, with apologies to other noteworthy flows, including that of fellow All-Star Noah Hanifin.

2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game - Red Carpet

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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A worthy cause:

Good times.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.