3 Blackhawks to start on All-Star team

3 Blackhawks to start on All-Star team

There are 9 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 2, 2009, titled 3 Blackhawks to start on All-Star team. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Three Blackhawks are set to be Western Conference starters Jan. 25 in the 57th NHL All-Star Game in Montreal.

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AEM

Oak Park, IL

#1 Jan 2, 2009
Duncan Keith deserves to be there also .
Doc

Chicago, IL

#2 Jan 3, 2009
Great for the 3, but Keith and Sharp deserve to be there just as much as Toews and Campbell.
Thin The Herd

West Des Moines, IA

#3 Jan 3, 2009
Glad to see our three guys going, but I think fan voting is about the worst way to pick an all star team.

Too many deserving players don't get named, because an established star, having a mediocre year wins the popularity contest.

And you guys are right. Duncan Keith should be there. He's having a very good season.
JG in SC

Warrenville, SC

#4 Jan 3, 2009
Fan voting for all-star games in all sports is a joke, but that's how the leagues want to show that it's "for the fans". I'd say that things even out at the end of the year when annual awards are doled out, but even those get tainted by players, sports writers, and others who can't remain objective. They can't even define what an MVP is; the best player in the league, or the one who meant the most to his team.

Baseball really screwed this up when Andre Dawson got the MVP in 1987. Sure he had awesome stats, but how "valuable" could he have been when the Cubs finished 3.5 games out of FIFTH place?

We know the value of our Blackhawks; at the end of the season, the rest of the NHL fans will know, too.
Section 319

AOL

#5 Jan 3, 2009
Keith and Khabby both deserve to be there.

Fellas, the Winter Classic was an experience unlike any other. Hard to describe. But it still resonates 48 hours later and I expect it do so for quite some time.

The cold, the wind, the dark cloudy skies, the grand old scoreboard, the rooftops, the faux-brick wall around the rink, the flames as the players, led by their goalies, walked from the dugout to the rink, the Canadian Anthem, the National Anthem with the loudest and most sustained cheering I've seen since the all star game at the old barn, the fly-over, the legends, the Seabrook pay-back hit on Cleary sending him head over heels into the Hawks bench, the Hawks scoring first, the sweet Versteeg pass to Havlat for the second goal, the 3-1 lead after one, the guys in Section 242 with the Daniel Boone-style leather canteen full of scotch, and even the outstanding play of the Red Wings -- all on New Year's Day made for the most wonderful and memorable sports experience of my life, surpassed only by the January 1986 NFC Championship Game when the Bears shutout the Rams and 65,000 delirious fans stood and cheered like crazy the entire second half of the game and then went absolutely nuts when Wilbur Marshal returned that fumble for a touchdown as the snow started to fall.

I estimate the crowd at about 25 percent Red Wing fans and that was ok too. In fact, it actually made it a little more special, like a real celebration of the game -- not that specific game, but the game of hockey itself. There was even teamwork and cooperation between Blackhawk and Red Wings fans as they chanted "Let's-Go- Red Wings," and then paused for us to chant "De-Troit-Sucks." Yup, it was a real hockey lovefest with our Detroit hockey-loving cousins.

It was all so cool, I'd love to get the opportunity to do it once a year. How about a New Year's Day tradition of Hawks-Red Wings outdoors, alternating between cities each year. Why not? Or better yet, imagine an annual New Year's Day outdoor triple-header involving the Original Six. Every New Year's Day it'd be Blackhawks-Red Wings, Toronto-Montreal and Bruins-Rangers. How bout that?

The two games with Detroit showed that our boys ain't quite at that elite level yet. But I feel good with where we're at and where we're going, confident we'll continue to grow as a team and improve and come playoff time, maybe, just maybe .....

Thank you to the Blackhawks, the Red Wings and the NHL for a spectacular, wonderful, joyous and truly memorable event. Now ....

Let's Go Hawks!
South Sider in Florida

Milton, FL

#6 Jan 3, 2009
This is nice and all, but isn't the NHL All Star voting process rigged? I'd rather see our guys All Star starters by their merits and not by voting "early and often". The way it works now, we could elect Everett Sanipass as a starter next year...
BFM

Midlothian, IL

#7 Jan 3, 2009
Section 319, thanks for a well written observation / tribute to the WC. I've stayed away from the thread lately because so many of the post were just plain stupid from people who just couldn't get their pea brains past the fact that they just don't like Wrigley Field. It's nice to see somebody "gets it". The holidays are over and now the real season begins!
Section 313

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Jan 3, 2009
Thin The Herd wrote:
Glad to see our three guys going, but I think fan voting is about the worst way to pick an all star team.
Too many deserving players don't get named, because an established star, having a mediocre year wins the popularity contest.
And you guys are right. Duncan Keith should be there. He's having a very good season.
Only the starters are chosen by the fans. No worries, Keith will be there. Hopefully Sharp too, although for some reason, he is always under the radar.
Mukrph

Southgate, MI

#9 Jan 3, 2009
Let's just put the whole Hawk team in for the West All Stars. Doesn't make sense to really consider any one else, like Marleau, Datsyuk, Hossa, Zetterberg,Lidstrom, etc. I think the Sharks coach may have some say in this process before its over. Remember he was also the Wings Asst. coach last year. Truth is the All Star election process and game is ridiculous. I expect most of the Wings are hoping NOT to go and get the rest they'll need for the back half and 2nd cup run.

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