This is my first post (bare with me)... I've been a long time reader but desperate times calls for desperate measure...
I have a question for you. I've made a bet this weekend with a friend. We were having an argument about the way the players are selected for the skill competition and decided to make a bet out of it!!
His argument : Players that are part of the skill competiton were not always playing in the all-star game (like today). He said that it was this way in the 90's
Mine : The players that are part of the skill competition are ALWAYS member of an all-star team and play the all-star game since the introduction of the skill competition (in 1990 I think). There has never been player in the skill competition ONLY.
I've search around on internet and did not find any mention of that anywhere.
I think your friend has it the other way around, all the player in the skill competition do partake in the All-star game, but it's not all of the guy from the ASG who play a role in the skill challenge.
In the NBA, if you take place in the dunk or 3 point competitions, you're not necessarily part of the all star game itself. In the NHL, however, to be eligible for the skills, you'd have to play in the game.
i probably wont go then...i have to drive from out of town and no way i'm there for the full practice...which is the only way i would pay 15$ for it....they will have enough of my money with all the other stuff going on
I also went to the Jamboree today. I liked it. I saw big George Laraque. I got a McFarlane Saku Koivu exclusive figure and had fun shooting pucks and looking at trophys. You can also take a picture with the Stanley Cup which is pretty cool.
anyone attend the jamboree today? if so, how was it?
Just came back from the Jamboree. It was pretty cool. The first part of the tent, there's a RDS broadcast section, so you can meet all your favorite RDS hosts ( Gaston Therrien, Le Baron ) and there's a TSN section too. When I got in, they were shooting OTR and BGL was the guest. He was wearing Ugg boots.....
There are also all the trophies exposed (art ross, hart, norris, etc.), and cool all star game memorabilia like game worn jerseys, prizes that the players won, sticks, etc.
The second section of the tent has plenty of activities, like hardest shot competitions, accuracy shooting, etc. It's really fun, especially if you go at a time where there won't be a lot of people. They also give out a few freebies. I got NHL chef boyardee (the noodles are shaped like the nhl logo, how awesome is that?), popcorn, keychains and a coupon for a free breakfast sandwich at McD's.
There was also a girl who gave out free caps if you participated in her NHL spelling bee. You basically had to spell out three NHLers' names correctly to win the cap. The girl asked me to spell out Parise, Iafrate and Niedermayer.
Finally, in the rest of the 2nd half of the tent, there are the Xbox 360 section, where there are several xbox360s where you can play NHL 09, a counter where they give out free mini pogos, and a place where the beverages were sold.
Unfortunately, there weren't any players there to sign autographs, so it was a bit disappointing. I met Gaston Therrien (pretty cool dude, I felt like it would have been mean to plug in a Siberia joke), Pierre Mcguire (super nice man) and Darren Dreger (I asked him if Lecavalier was going to be traded, he was a bit of a ***** to me).
For 12$, I felt like it was 2 hours very well spent. If you can, try to go check it out.