RALEIGH -- Fans at RBC Center were treated to a 10-minute laser-and-video show starring all 30 NHL Guardians during the second intermission of the 2011 All-Star Game presented by Discover.
Comics legend Stan Lee, who was the force behind The Guardian Project, introduced the sellout crowd to the Guardians and provided background into their history and super powers.
But things turned dangerous after the Guardians were unveiled, as the evil force out to destroy the Guardians known as Devin Dark interrupted and took control of the show. The Guardians appeared outside the arena on the big board, only to be sucked into the building by a devious device and trapped under the ice.
Fortunately for everyone involved The Hurricane, who received the biggest cheers, came to the rescue. He pulled the Guardians out of the ice to safety, seemingly bringing an end to the Guardian saga. It turns out it was just the beginning.
Devin Dark threatened revenge against the true leader of the Guardians, Mike Mason. His story line will be revealed in full as the story moves forward.
How will Devin Dark ever be defeated? Will the Guardians protect us?
I downplayed the first one because I thought it's just a hockey game. We just want to win the game; it's against our rival and we want the two points. I downplayed it, but now having gone through the first one I look back and say, 'Geez, that was really cool.' I think as I've grown a bit older I've got a lot more appreciation for what we're allowed to do every day.
— Capitals forward Brooks Laich on the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, the second one of his career after 2011 in Pittsburgh