Changes to the 2011 NHL All Star Game & My Fantasy Draft

By now I’m sure everyone has heard that the 2011 NHL All Star game will now feature a “fantasy draft” format, where Captains from each squad will select their teammates playground-style at the start of the weekend. Personally, I think it’s great that a sporting league understands that the All Star game is an exhibition of the best talent – and not try to emblazon a sense of seriousness upon the contest. I’m behind the idea so much so that I decided to perform my own “fantasy draft” and formulate a team that would provide me with the greatest chance of winning – from fictional hockey movies. Yes, I realize that any team would dominate if you were to draft Maurice Richard from The Rocket and slapped Herb Brooks from Miracle behind the bench, but where’s the fun in that? Other caveats: I tried to limit picking all players from one movie, and I also ruled out that part in Batman & Robin when their boots turned into skates *shudder*.

Possible Mascot?

Without further adieu, here is the starting line up for my (Fictional) All Star Team:

Forward: Dean Youngblood Even though he’s just an AHL’er, he’s quick, has a mean slapshot, and knows how to use his stick as a sword when in a fight.

Forward: Adam Banks The best athlete in District 5 is number 99 on the ice, but number one in your hearts.

Forward: Darren Roanoke Anyone talented enough to lead the Leafs to a Stanley Cup must be one helluva player.

Enforcer: Happy Gilmore He’s the only person to take his skate off and try to stab an opposing player with it. ‘Nuff said.

Defense: Steve Hanson It’ll be hard to find your way to the front of the net on someone that tapes aluminum foil to their knuckles.

Defense: Casey Jones· Has been described as “Wayne Gretzky on steroids” and is skilled in hand to hand combat. What more do you need?

Goalie: Garth Algar Although only a street hockey player, he’s seen more starts in a Blackhawks sweater than Cristobal Huet.

Coach: John Biebe “Every ex-player turned coach says that they prefer coaching over playing. Why would they all say that?” “Because they can’t play”

Coach: Gordon Bombay Didn’t let a pesky DWI stand in the way of his demand for excellence.


Now that I’ve shared mine, what’s yours? Be nice and share in our comments section!