CWHL All-Star Game roundtable: History, rivalry, and the growing women’s game

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By Namish Modi

All-Star Games may not be the most exciting event on the calendar anymore, but for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL), this one will be one to remember.

On Saturday at the Air Canada Centre, the first All-Star Game in the league’s short five-year history was played. The exhibition game, which had several Olympians playing in it, was played in front of a crowd of 6,850 people.

The two teams, Team White and Team Red, were selected by captains Jessica Campbell and Charline Labonte on Friday night, fantasy draft style. Each captain picked five players to their team while the rest of the squads were filled up by the “throwing the sticks” format. Team Red’s Rebecca Johnston scored the winning goal in a 3-2 come back victory, while Team White’s Natalie Spooner scored the first goal in CWHL All-Star Game history. Following the game, the 42 all-stars took part in a light-hearted skills showcase, which consisted of a breakaway challenge and fastest skater competition. Read more

Love from Latvia has Zemgus Girgensons leading All-Star voting

Jared Clinton
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You’ve certainly heard by now that the leading vote getter for the All-Star Game isn’t Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews, or P.K. Subban. No, none of those stars have the top spot. Rather, the number one slot goes to Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons.

Girgensons is blowing away the competition. Through three weeks, the Latvian star has received more than 800,000 votes in favor of placing him in the starting lineup of the All-Star Game in Columbus this season. That’s more than double the total of Patrick Kane, who as of Tuesday sat in second place with nearly 376,000 votes. Read more

Leaked images show neon All-Star jerseys could be on the horizon

Jared Clinton
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NHL fans haven’t seen an All-Star game since 2012, but when this year’s edition of the scrimmage takes place in Columbus, it might be unlike anything fans have seen before.

According to a few leaks currently making the rounds, the All-Star jerseys will take a step away from the more traditional looks of recent years and go with a full-on neon and silver motif. The jerseys, which you can see below, were shown on the website of sporting goods manufacturer WinCraft: Read more

NHL’s all-star voting early leaders are out, and it’s the usual suspects – with one exception

Adam Proteau
Zemgus Girgensons (Getty Images)

The NHL released the top 2014-15 all-star game vote-getters after two weeks of balloting, and most of the leaders are exactly whom you’d expect – including Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and Carey Price – with one major exception.

Buffalo Sabres sophomore Zemgus Girgensons received the most votes of any player, and not just by a little, either: the Latvian center’s 399,356 votes are nearly 160,000 more than the second most voted-for player (and Week One’s overall voting leader) P.K. Subban (240,362).

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Vote for Zemgus? Latvian center fourth in all-star voting behind Kane, Toews, Crosby

Jared Clinton
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Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons is no Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, or Sidney Crosby. But if fans have their way, he may be starting the All-Star Game ahead of those three.

You may recall, during the 2006-07 season, the NHL introduced a system by which fans could vote for several All-Star Game starters. With the handy work of a few enterprising individuals, “Vote For Rory” began – a campaign to get journeyman defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick to start in the best-on-best scrimmage. Read more

New All-Star jersey photo leaked – Should we love it or hate it?

Matt Larkin
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The NHL gave us heavy dose of special Stadium Series jerseys last season, consistently infused with a shiny chrome treatment over the logos.

According to a leaked photo posted on the website Icethetics, the chrome takeover continues. The key detail missing: we don’t yet know what this jersey will be used for. If it’s a practice jersey – and it sure looks like one – it’s pretty darned cool. The black and white are simple and classy enough, and the huge, shimmering NHL crest immediately grabs the eye.

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Will neon green be used on NHL All-Star Game jerseys this season?

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If you care to watch the NHL All-Star Game – and if you do, you probably have kids – you’ll know the league hasn’t used black vs. white jerseys in a long time. They’ve gone with red, white and blue combinations, they’ve tried green and purple. But neon green? That one would be new.

Lo and behold, that may be the direction the NHL goes in its 2015 All-Star Game in Columbus.

A Reebok catalog that became accessible online shows all kinds of apparel from all 30 NHL teams. Then, on Page 94, it starts into all-star paraphernalia. And that’s when we start seeing an awful lot of hints that black and bright, bright green will be a big part of the event.

First clue: take note of the picture above. The Columbus All-Star Game logo features the team’s colors, but above that we see a “00″ that looks like numbers on the back of a jersey. The numbers are black, with a neon green outline.

Hmmmmm.

Second clue: this logo that appears on Page 107 of the catalog.

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