NHL All Star Game 2017

Mary and I were honored to be able to attend the NHL ALl Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

Mary and I were honored to be able to attend the NHL ALl Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

Mary and I, along with our daughter Kari and granddaughter Emery, were honored to be able to attend the NHL All-Star Weekend that took place in Los Angeles Jan. 27-29. Kari played youth hockey all the way into college and is a coach and teacher of the sport in Canada. Emery plays, as do her siblings, and most of her cousins who are old enough to put on skates. Needless to say, we are huge hockey fans. (Plus, Stahls’ has also been a licensed supplier to the NHL since approximately 2001) The National Hockey League decided to change things up in 2016 for the All-Star tournament, with a new format. Basically it’s now a 3-on-3 All-Star Tournament between the NHL’s most talented star players from each division–Pacific, Central, Atlantic and Metropolitan– and there are three 20-minute games. We found the new format wonderful and exciting to watch.  It was also a huge thrill seeing the NHL’s picks for the 100 most influential hockey players of all time, which included hometown heroes Gordie Howe (RIP) and Ted Lindsay.  Having the All-Stars themselves on the ice at the same time was a pretty amazing sight. As far as fan enthusiasm, you know that Boston, Chicago and Detroit and some of the older teams have first class fan power; but at this event it seems those fans took a back seat to what Los Angeles feels for their team. If they scored, they roared. And they didn’t shy away from booing when their rivals took the ice! All in all, it was very exciting to see hockey fans from all over the country supporting their teams, wearing team jerseys and relishing in the fanfare of the events. We also enjoyed the celebrity shoot out and one of my favorite events, the skills competition.We hope to be able to attend next year.

Granddaughter Emory had a blast with at all the special events that take place during the NHL All Star weekend.

Granddaughter Emery had a blast with at all the special events that take place during the NHL All Star weekend.

Fans from all over the country turned out in Los Angeles to support their teams.

Fans from all over the country turned out in Los Angeles to support their teams.

Hockey fans are everywhere. We were in the best of company.

Hockey fans are everywhere. We were in the best of company.

The games were very exciting, even from our upper perch. We really like the new format.

The games were very exciting, even from our upper perch. We really like the new format.

When it comes to hockey jerseys, you go BIG, especially with numbers.

When it comes to hockey jerseys, you go BIG, especially with numbers.

Fans could purchase NHL Replica jerseys on site.

Fans could purchase NHL Replica jerseys on site. I spy a Hotronix Fusion heat press.

It was really fantastic to see the fans from all over the US at the NHL All Star Tournament 2017.

It was really fantastic to see the fans from all over the US at the NHL All Star Tournament 2017.

When it comes to hockey, the bigger the better.

When it comes to hockey, the bigger the better.

The NHL All Star Jerseys looked just great.

The NHL All Star Jerseys looked just great.

As you like it.

As you like it.

The NHL All Stars were represented by the best players from four divisions.

The NHL All Stars were represented by the best players from four divisions.

The NHL All Star in LA was an experience that deserved buying a t-shirt. We will remember it fondly.

The NHL All Star in LA was an experience that deserved buying a t-shirt. We will remember it fondly.

Time for the games to begin!

Time for the games to begin!

 

It's always fun to see crazy cars, like the Planter's Peanuts mobile.

It’s always fun to see crazy cars, like the Planter’s Peanuts mobile.

 

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