Yearly, when all-star Weekend is upon on us, I discover hockey followers fall into three distinct classes.
The primary group completely hates it. They assume the all-star recreation isn’t entertaining, the depth is non-existent, and would gladly hand over their first-born baby to blow the entire thing up.
The second group tolerates it. They will have the sport on yearly, however put about as a lot effort into watching it because the gamers do into successful it.
The third group: are kids.
However one factor all of them have in frequent is that they’ve an opinion on the ever-changing format. The primary official all-star recreation occurred in 1947 (video games earlier than that have been profit video games), and since then we now have seen 6 codecs. Let’s check out how the All-Star weekend has developed over time.
Stanley Cup Champions vs. NHL All-Stars
Whole occasions used: 19
When the all-star recreation first grew to become a yearly occasion, this was the primary format they used.
It ran from 1947-1968 (aside from the 1951 and 1952 all-star video games. Extra on that in a bit).
The primary cause it labored on the time was as a result of the defending champs remained just about intact. There was no such factor as free company, or the wage cap, and buying and selling star gamers was not an everyday prevalence.
With solely six groups within the league, the hatred between gamers was by no means a secret. They liked getting a shot to dethrone the champs.
I like this format, nevertheless it simply would not work right this moment, gamers change groups too typically.