Boston Bruin All-Stars Zdeno Chara
, Tim Thomas
and Tyler Seguin
just touched down in Raleigh, NC late last night, but they’re already enjoying this year’s All-Star festivities.
“I think the whole thing is pretty special, you’re meeting obviously top players in the league, you’re meeting people that you wouldn’t be able to meet during the season because everybody’s so busy,” said B’s Captain Chara.
“It’s been good so far you know I got to meet some guys I haven’t met so…so far so cool,” said Seguin.
The players will take some time to relax this weekend, but they also have some titles on the line. Chara is the three time reigning Hardest Shot champion.
“I’m going to try to do my best like every year you know but I know the competition is very very tough. There are some guys that can shoot the puck really hard, so it’s going to be hard, but I’ll do my best,” Chara said.
Thomas has been the winning goaltender in the last two All-Star games.
“We’ll see how it turns out you know we’ll see if I play the third period, I mean the goalie that play the third period have the best chance of being the winning goalie on record,” he said. Tyler Seguin
will compete in the SuperSkills competition, but doesn’t yet know in what event.
“I’ll be looking forward to whatever events I’ll be doing,” he said.
The first event the All-Stars will participate in is the All-Star Fantasy Draft.
Thomas, who leads the league in goals against average (1.81) and save percentage (.945), wasn’t worried about where he was going to go.
“I mean I was drafted in the 11th round by the Quebec Nordiques so I have to be drafted in the first ten rounds now so I know I’m going to go higher than I did originally so I’m fine,” he said.---Hannah Becker