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Poll: All Star Game or Olympic Games? (54 member(s) have cast votes)

Disregarding the requisite 2-week break for the Olympics, would you prefer an All Star Game or an Olympic-type tournament?

  1. All Star Game (5 votes [9.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.26%

  2. Olympic-type Tournament (44 votes [81.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 81.48%

  3. Fusion--North America vs. Europe, etc. (5 votes [9.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.26%

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#1 DevilNurn

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 05:10 PM

I was discussing this with a less-hockey-inclined friend of mine. Hypothetically, removing the factor of the two-week break for the Olympics, would you prefer a traditional All-Star game, an Olympic-type Tournament (bracketed country vs. country) or some kind of fusion of the two, like North America vs. Europe or something?

Personally, I would prefer an All-Star game, but I wondered if some people had a strong preference for the country-based tournament style. Of course, All-Star Games have their drawbacks (1 member from each team leads to snubs), but I still prefer the idea.
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 05:17 PM

None of the above? Let's get to the playoffs.
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 06:06 PM

The NHL all-star game is unwatchable.
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 06:07 PM

NHL allstar game is pointless.
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 06:31 PM

How about adding the Winter Classic to this list?
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 06:32 PM

I would much prefer the Olympic tournament, but I do always like the All-star skills competition, which in my opinion is much better than either that of NBA or MLB. I agree that the game itself is not great.
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 06:46 PM

How about adding the Winter Classic to this list?

I figure that one will be a standalone event for years to come...
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 06:49 PM

All star game sucks. Even if they made it so the winning conference got home ice in the Finals like the MLB does it would STILL be unwatchable.
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 07:24 PM

Wow. I might be the only person who likes watching the All-Star game. And yeah, it's pointless. It's supposed to be. It's an All-Star game. Making All-Star games meaningful is the dumbest thing a sport could possibly do. But, back on point, it's gotta be East vs. West and the skills competition is also something I always look forward to.

The Olympics are better though. Last night is testament to that.
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 07:51 PM

I can never motivate myself to watch the all stars. World games are more important and thus more entertaining.
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Posted 22 February 2010 - 10:24 PM

After watching yesterday, it's no contest. Olympics are far and away. All-Stars should be rotated. Like next year, do NA vs Europe. Then 2012, go East/West. Mixing it up would give it some juice.

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Posted 22 February 2010 - 11:00 PM

Wow. I might be the only person who likes watching the All-Star game. And yeah, it's pointless. It's supposed to be. It's an All-Star game. Making All-Star games meaningful is the dumbest thing a sport could possibly do. But, back on point, it's gotta be East vs. West and the skills competition is also something I always look forward to.

The Olympics are better though. Last night is testament to that.

I agree with all of this.

I can't tell if the OP means a new international tournament in Olympic years. In that case, I would prefer the All-Star Game because so few players would care about a brand new tournament in the middle of the NHL season, so too many players wouldn't even bother to play and it would just be a waste. But the Olympics kick ass.
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Posted 23 February 2010 - 01:19 AM

After watching yesterday, it's no contest. Olympics are far and away. All-Stars should be rotated. Like next year, do NA vs Europe. Then 2012, go East/West. Mixing it up would give it some juice.

Not that it's relevant to this thread, but next year the AHL is finally dropping its long-running Canada vs. The World All-Star format next year, presumably in favor of an East-West format.
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Posted 23 February 2010 - 08:25 AM

I hated the North America vs World All Star format. I want all of the Devils on the same team. That format did not add anything to the game.

I also love the Olympics. It is the only tournament of the major sports where you have the best of the best representing their countries,
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Posted 23 February 2010 - 09:26 AM

The All-Star game is not for hockey fans, as they do not play hockey.

It is an exhibition of "popular players".

NHL should get rid of the All-Star game as its irrelevant.
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Posted 23 February 2010 - 10:33 AM

The All-Star game is not for hockey fans, as they do not play hockey.


Guess I should stop watching porn then. Unless they're playing hockey, of course.

It is an exhibition of "popular players".


It's also "fun."

NHL should get rid of the All-Star game as its irrelevant.


It's about as relevant as the awards ceremony in that it has no bearing on the outcome of the season and is a mere resume-builder for players and a half-hearted attempt at ratings for networks. I guess we should stop handing out the Norris, Vezina and Hart then. After all, they don't play hockey at the ceremony either.


Look, the All-Star game is what it is. If you're tuning in hoping to see a game played with the intensity of a playoff -- or even regular season -- game, you're in for disappointment. I enjoy watching the skilled guys pull off moves and one-timers and plays we'd never see when defense is actually being played, laugh at some of the stuff said by the mic'ed up players and overall enjoy a game where I can actually root for the same team as my Rangers and Flyers fan friends. You either enjoy the All-Star game for what it is, or hate it for being something it isn't and should never be.
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Posted 23 February 2010 - 10:37 AM

I will watch the awards ceremony and the draft, but NOT the all-star game. You enjoy it.!
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Posted 23 February 2010 - 10:43 AM

I will watch the awards ceremony and the draft, but NOT the all-star game. You enjoy it.!


Will do! :evil:
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Posted 23 February 2010 - 11:00 AM

I've always said the NHL needs to make it a true "Hockey Weekend" with the all star game as its centerpiece match.

I've always said I'd like to see a Prospects All Star Game. I'd like to see a NCAA vs. CHL showdown or the CHL All Star Game take place during NHL All Star weekend. I'm always a fan of the super skills, but I'd make it more than just the guys participating in the actual all star game - since the individual skill guys maybe outside the ASG itself.

And yes I'd rotate around the ASG format East/West NA/World...

Edited by HellOnICE, 23 February 2010 - 11:01 AM.

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Posted 23 February 2010 - 11:07 AM

An NCAA/CHL game would be no contest. The NCAA team would win almost every time.
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