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Phaneuf: Canadian flavor adds to All-Star buzz

Friday, 01.27.2012 / 6:29 PM

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer / 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend blog

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2012 NHL All-Star Weekend blog
Phaneuf: Canadian flavor adds to All-Star buzz

OTTAWA -- Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf said Friday that having the NHL All-Star Game in a Canadian city has added a new level of excitement for him.

"Look at the city, you can feel the buzz," Phaneuf said. "This is the first one in a Canadian city that I've been to, and it's an honor to be here. To take part in an All-Star Game in a Canadian city is a lot of fun. They're doing a great job of hosting this event."

Phaneuf was then asked a question pertaining to Alex Ovechkin's absence from the event.

"He's entitled to make his choice," Phaneuf said. "I know I'm enjoying being here."

Follow Dan Rosen on Twitter at: @drosennhl