SAN JOSE, California – Although eliminated in his first game, Keith Yandle was in San José on Saturday.
Florida 32-year-old Panthers defender watched the ice crowd and saw his wife and children and a group of proud parents, who flew all over the country to take on the first boss Yandle's week in seven years.
"It was great fun to see how happy they are," said Yandle.
"My nephew told my sister:" This is something I will never forget. "This is what he does."
They do it so that the sponsors are happy and grow hockey-related revenues, of course.
But they also do it to show the dreams and skills in young children. They do it so a hockey nerd like Mark Scheifele can be thrilled to speak of pole curves with Sidney Crosby. So Gitty can embrace Claude Giroux to death and so Steven Stamkos can get a beauty between his legs created by his childhood partner John Tavares.
And they do it so Drew Doughty can fill out notebooks with Dewy quotes.
Here are 19 incredible things about the 2019 NHL All-Star Weekend.
1. Kendall Coyne Schofield's hot lap for the ages
His practice was even faster.
So, when Coyne Schofield crossed the red line, a rose-colored queue and a stream of water on her back, with a skater time of 14,346 faster, there was the shortest moment of the disappointment, knowing that he had posted 14,226 in a dress test.
This is faster than the laps published by Zach Werenski, Noah Hanifin and Josh Bailey in the 2018 NHL Skills Competition and Clayton Keller in 2019.
But any whistle of dissatisfaction that the Olympic gold medalist from the U.S. team vanished as fast as his move when the SAP Center increased the ovation and was He noticed that he had broken a roof.
"My first impression was:" I can do that. "Speed is my strength. I was a bit nervous, but I knew it was a time that I would break many barriers and change perception and show our support for our game. ", Coyne Schofield.
"Only shows the best players, men or women."
As Coyne Schofield secured photos with Connor McDavid and Patrick Kane, the awards were released, a repetition of their still appearing on Twitter is fueled 24 hours later.
Yes, as Coyne Schofield says, the NHL made a statement showing that women are as skilled as men, well, it was the point of exclamation.
"I was fortunate to be part of many people who pushed, many difficult conversations they had had. I am grateful for the opportunity," he said. "I think it was pretty good."
– Kendall Coyne Schofield (@KendallCoyne) January 26, 2019
2. Sidney Crosby won something he never won before
Although it was a serious illness to avoid engaging in Skills, one who trusted him in his hotel room for two days, the man who won everything, but the hearts Flyers fans actually won something they had never won before.
Crosby's eight final points (four goals, four assists) in both games 3 in 3 led the Metropolitan Division to a $ 1 million victory, defeating Central Division 10-5 at the end of # 39 ; showcase
"Sid is still one of the best, if not the best in the world," said goalkeeper loser Devan Dubnyk. "He is not a fun kid to see come." He has all the imaginable abilities. "
3. David Pastrnak and the secret pact of Mathew Barzal
The hot titles of the Eastern Conference went out to dinner Thursday night and opened a plan for Skills, awarded by the champion of each discipline with a prize of 25,000 dollars.
"Let's make a deal. Let's take your hands dividing money, who wins. While doing this, I did not even think of winning. I thought I could win. [Fastest Skater]; It's very fast, "Pastrnak said, after taking the crown of precision shots.
"I've only seen a win here and I've lost a bit. Half of Mathew Barzal."
The easiest 12,500 dollars will never do.
4. Henrik Lundqvist lives his best life, and probably he better life
The King is in the center of the disco, an extra $ 25,000 in the pockets of his bright and personalized dress that corresponds to him as money. Not a hair out of place. Stubble to perfection. Impeccable smile Punctual posture
Accommodate selfie requests from drunk fans with classes. The man is a magnet, a super stellar.
Lundqvist seemed to savor each weekend's time and even had to have his brilliant Stellar costume full of The Godfather's quotes.
"Special weekend, special event. I thought it would be fun to do something different," he says. "Something unique that I will remember".
What we remember is what happens next in this club.
A poor party partner has passed a leather sofa. It is nothing more than a deadweight bag, his stepped body leaned like Bernie's weekend. Unlockable His friends are using his comatose body as a prop, picking silly pictures at his expense.
Then, the king slides on the couch next to this boy past, fluttering a smile of Colgate and two thumbs up. Click
Oh, what would give me to see the reaction of this type in the photo when it finally wakes up.
5. Auston Matthews is the owner of the moment
He can only be 21, but three great star games, Matthews has grown to embrace the event, and now he puts his own torsion.
"I think it appeared the first year. I got nervous, trembling, could not control it. The second year was not much better. It's a bit nervous, but it's more comfortable for you," says Matthews. "You know the boys more in the league. It's a fun day out."
Last year, he and his teammate Jack Eichel steal the show with his iconic goal celebration, and on Friday, the homage of Matthews to the local hero Patrick Marleau was Once fun, intelligent and emotional.
He had created the idea about dinner with his parents the night before, he premiered to get a stitched all-star shirt, and then slipped under his own sweater during the flashing, surprising sharks, fans and – the best of all – Marleões.
Matthews got the sharks signing the sweater and plan to put him on auction to raise funds for the MLSE Foundation.
Matthews 'Leafs' "C" sweater was not out of place.
"He was a great leader. He is definitely a boy that I could see taking the C one day," said Keith Yandle. "It started here".
– Jackie Redmond (@Jackie_Redmond) January 25, 2019
6. All the star of the "old" game, Patrick Kane, still excited
Alex Ovechkin and Carey Price begged, and a handful of veteran stars were late, skipping the media day.
It was not Patrick Kane, who easily overcame all his colleagues, doing his eighth aspect of all the stars and made sure to get a sweater signed by everyone.
"The old man here this year," Kane smiled. "Someone told me that 10 years ago, it was in Montreal, and that's what I feel like yesterday. Pretty crazy to be in eight games of all the stars here. But it's great to see that the number continues to grow. I feel very good about myself and about my game and where it is. "
As a rookie of all the stars in 2009 at the Bell Center, Kane remembers having an explosion with his colleagues, Brian Campbell and Jonathan Toews. Kris Versteeg skated in the Young Guns game.
"I remember that Mike Modano was there. Joe Thornton was there. [Alexei] Kovalev, whom I liked to watch the game. Suddenly, do you consider a star with these guys? It was pretty wild. "
Now, Kane has the opportunity to talk about an elite store, highlighting Nathan MacKinnon as a favorite.
"I think it's a fun guy," says Kane. "It's great to talk to some of the guys and listen to the reasoning of their success and the different things they do about the ice, or what they do with their team. Any topic is on the board when you talk to these guys. 39, I like it very much ".
Ugghh. I can not believe they keep letting go @ 88PKane to the ASG. When the League will arrive, this type of player does not belong to the game! @MilburyNBC @NHL #playersafety #NHL #NHLAllStar pic.twitter.com/z0o4FVRuVi
– John Scott (@ johnscott_32) January 23, 2019
7. Paul Maurice discusses the shot called Owen Nolan
The chief of the Jets coach served as a bench ward of the highest team of all the stars, the last time he met in San José with a game of world star, in 1997 .
"I remember that Owen Nolan shouted his shot. Hasek was bitter. He was angry. [I remember] the discrepancy between all the others that go well and that Scott Stevens connected to the game as it is game 7. It was respectful; He did not catch anyone, but it was available if that was necessary, "said Maurice.
It's not great when picking up objects, but it keeps an image of this game team with Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Mario Lemieux.
"These three are me the first row, and I'm sitting between two of them. For a child who had been hitting Sault Ste. Marie for ten years before, this was a pretty big deal," he says. "Ray Bourque played almost a perfect game in this game. There was no other way to play. He's wired this way.
"There was still that edge, right? It was just when players did not speak before the game. There was no talk in the redline."
But let's return to the shot called Nolan.
"What did he do, right? And our bank comes to do it to do it. It's fun, but it's not. Dominik Hasek is a professional. These guys come, appear and play. Nobody, I think, has never done nothing in the hockey, certainly not in a legitimate game, "says Maurice.
"I do not mean that it was in your face, but it was. I'm calling for a shot. Ha-ha. We're having fun. Then, boom, there it is. This is a good goalkeeper who is doing this. Nobody makes a call to one of these guys and then it does. Pretty good picture. "
8. #PayDecker has tendencies, then Decker has paid
By demonstrating Competency Skills competition (unverified) to the crowd, Team USA's Brianna Decker completed the circuit three seconds faster (1:06) than the final winner Leon Draisaitl.
"[Erik] Karlsson was behind me, so I went like this: "It's ok, I think it could have been hit," but I did not know how long it took me, "Decker said." I was accidentally passing the demonstration ".
After earning more than $ 25,000, Draisaitl informed Decker that he had posted an even better time.
"Did she do that?" Said Draisaitl. "Wow. This is awesome. This is really awesome. Good for her."
The CCM, a sponsor of Decker, intensified intensively on Saturday and gave the woman their due.
"See how experts are," said Draisaitl. "[Coyne Schofield] I was flying. I'm 100 percent sure that it's probably faster than me. And the step, too. This is a tough event and he crushed it. "
9. Nathan MacKinnon did not use the injuries as an excuse and joined the best line of the NHL
It is strange, especially because of the limited restrictions on the list of all stars, that an entire line would be qualified for the weekend.
Therefore, it was good to see MacKinnon appear in San Jose anyway, although his injured blockage prevented him from taking the gel.
"It's very special that you have a complete line here. It tells us the consistency we have," said rookie of all stars, Mikko Rantanen.
"We've been together for a long time now, more than 150 games. It makes the game easier. It's a lot of fun."
– Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) January 26, 2019
10. Boos food for breakfast
Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang and, of course, the adorable Marc-Andre Fleury were all the goals of crazy crazy for their role in stealing the Stanley Cup Sharks of 2016.
This was John Tavares from Toronto, who interviewed San José during the free agency but rejected the court.
"I think it's just a part of the sports and the fans that are proud and passionate about their own teams and that they are protectors of that," said Tavares. He is Zen. He only cares about what he can control. "I'm sure there will be a few boos along the road."
However, the funniest were reserved for Drew Doughty of the Kings who fought.
"Ei, Doughty, how is the season going?", A boy shuffled as he walked the red carpet.
"I had to laugh about that one," Doughty said. "They tell me every time I play here, I secretly love you.
"I like to play the villain here. These boos only encourage and make me want to do it better."
Without unlocking, Doughty is on his team, the worst in the West, and his chance to playoffs.
"No one of us is resigning, and we still believe we could do it. This is the truth," Doughty said. "I know everyone is thinking I'm an idiot right now, but that's the truth."
Pacific Goalkeeper, John Gibson, suffered the worst part of the fans' wrath, giving away seven goals in 10 minutes with the "Pics sucks!" Melody.
"We were laughing because we were so embarrassed that we played so badly. Suddenly, when they also did Gibson, we had even more discomfort. We felt bad because it was not their fault," said Doughty after a 10- 4
"Shift after the turn, they were scoring, scoring, scoring. We knew that once it was 7-1, we were very trapped."
– LA Kings (@LAKings) January 26, 2019
11. The challenge of Connor McDavid
"More difficult questions?" Said McDavid when he sat down to find out the media after showing his skills.
Captain Oilers / Pacific refused to paint as a victim, and was left out of his fighting club in some uncomfortable circumstances.
How many tensions are things in Edmonton? Gary Bettman was asked if he was worried about McDavid losing hockey games. Perhaps the Commish can play wing.
So, it was good to see the eight-year-old son of Joe Pavelski, Nathan, running to represent a sweater no. 97
"Quite cool," said McDavid. "Obviously, it's a fan and that means a lot. It's a little different to think when the Sharks are a team that we play all the time and that they are a rival of the division."
"He likes to see it," Pavelski explained. "You need a favorite player. How do you say it, right?
12 a. John Carlson doing the case for not having more goals …
"Me and Holts talked about that," Carlson said about the brilliant targets of shooting precision.
They are lost to the schools of the old school.
"Maybe it's great and interactive as they do now, but it's also good as a fan to see how they have some goals left and right. This was our child anyway."
12 b. … and Pastrnak doing the case to keep them.
"This went wrong, to hit my own face".
Just wait. Did the Bruins sniper shoot their own mug of emoji?
"Yes. Left upper corner. It hurts. I felt it every time they hit me."
13. Jon Cooper has a dental floss like a head
14. Monochrome sweaters seemed soft
The sweaters of all the stars, for the most part, have been a mixed bag. I liked the black and white look this year. And emphasizing the crest of the team of each player instead of, for example, the logo of the NHL is a smart game to increase sales.
It is true that it might be a little fun that Adidas created the Parley material from recycled plastic from oceanic waste, but we approved the message and the aesthetic.
"I love the idea behind her. It's good for the environment," said McDavid. "It is very remarkable what they can do, transforming the plastic in these t-shirts, it is a beautiful thing."
15. Jack Eichel launching Sabers to sign the upcoming UFA Jeff Skinner in the long term
"It would be great," said Eichel. "We've been closer and closer to our group throughout the year, and you can see it in its performance, in its work ethics, and the way it has frozen and decorated with Our group has been incredible. It has scored very big goals. You can not say enough good things about him. "
16. Marc-Andre Fleury and Kris Letang arriving to the game with a scooter.
"You saw that, eh?" Fleury smiled, because Fleury always smiles.
"It does not fall. No no. They're very safe. I'm going to stop at the red light and the stop signals. I'm careful."
When in San José, take a scooter at #NHLAllStar Game
– Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) January 26, 2019
17. The audience of Leon Draisaitl describes Erik Karlsson
The extreme of Oilers did not want to do anything about others, but he had to admit EK65 to his defense list.
"To me, Erik Karlsson, he is always my favorite defender to see. He is always always relaxed. It seems he gets cold on ice," said Draisaitl. "There is no point of stress for him".
A free agency that does not even seem to cushion the man.
"Yes, time is close," Karlsson asserted. "It's coming. We all know. There's no turning. You guys are going to talk about that. I'm going to think it. That's it."
Karlsson said that he and his wife moved to San Jose with open minds and that GM Doug Wilson has been respectful of his freedom and has provided all the information he needs to make a decision.
"So far, shark organization has done all that good," Karlsson said. "Both me and my wife liked it right here.
"The people inside, the organization and my teammates and everyone", did a great job to help us make ourselves feel as comfortable and as quickly as possible, We have the whole room we needed to grow individually to establish ourselves. I think we have surpassed this threshold now where we wake up every day and know what to do. "
After having suffered an injury before the break, Karlsson could be entrusted to play.
"Being here in San Jose, I think it was important," he said. "When you have the opportunity to participate like me, I felt it was something I wanted to do."
18. Elias Pettersson leading the youth movement
Headed by Safe King Calder of Vancouver, the 2019 All-Star Weekend had 11 players under 23 years old.
"Surprising, right?" Lundqvist, 36, was surprised. "These guys seem to be getting better and better at a younger age."
Steven Stamkos said he was more mutilated to see Pettersson, one of twenty-five years of age.
"And what it is, they are not afraid of making mistakes. They have a peacefulness around them, and that's not bad," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper.
"Remember when the boys were 30, 31 who received the big contracts? Then he went to 27. Now they are the 22-23 year olds they are charging because they are so awesome."
Brock Boeser, who also picked up Vancouver in his new year, could not speak enough of his center.
"It deserves more than anyone else there. It was exciting last year," says Boeser, the 2018 MVP. "I thought I would not be nervous, but once I got there, you get nervous. I feel nervous.
"He is a humble boy. He is silent to the people that he does not know, but once he opens up to you, he is a super beautiful child. He reminds me a bit. It's incredible. It only respects everyone.
"He's just a normal boy; he does not act like a superstar."
19. Guy Gaudreau patrolling the pine tree
Guy Gaudreau, Johnny's father, thought Pacific Pacemaker Bill Peters was joking when he asked Guy if he wanted to join him on the bench and help train the 3-a-3 tournament.
It was not.
Therefore, Peters and Gaudreau Senior sank for 20 minutes to draw lines and game plans.
A helluva gift for a man who, according to Johnny, has suffered a tough year. Guy survived a heart attack in March that shook the family.
"It was quiet at first," said Johnny, "but I think he hates to lose more than me, so he started giving the little guys a little back, saying," Come on, let's go! "So I had a lot of fun with that."