Sunday afternoon in the NHL All-Star Game, Zdeno Chara
and Tim Thomas
will defend different ends of the ice, as they were drafted by different teams.
|Chara joins Team Staal |
“It’s going to be tough, I know Tim is very competitive. He always plays hard and I’m sure he’s going to try the same,” Chara said of facing off against Thomas.
“Yeah well I wanted him on my time for his defensive ability… so I was disappointed we couldn’t end up on the same team,” Thomas said of Chara.
Captain Eric Staal selected Chara for his team in the fourth round, seventh overall, saying he didn’t want to have to skate against him come game-time.
Team Lidstrom drafted Thomas in the fifth round, tenth overall. Thomas’ announcement came from fellow University of Vermont Catamount and assistant captain on Team Lidstrom, Martin St. Louis.
“I was very happy to end up on Marty St. Louis’ team, you know an old teammate, to get to play with him again so I was definitely happy,” Thomas said. Tyler Seguin
was selected from a pool of 12 rookies via coin toss to represent Team Staal in the SuperSkills competition tomorrow night.
Despite not being drafted, Seguin still enjoyed the experience.
“You know (it’s) fun, just a little thrill I guess, better than watching it at home for sure,” he said.
In the first year of the draft format, Thomas and Chara were pleased with where they were selected.
“Well I knew I had to be picked by round ten so I wasn’t surprised one of the top ten picks as far as the rounds go, but yeah I was a little surprised,” Thomas said.
“I saw a mock draft yesterday where I was going in round six and I didn’t really think about it that much.”
“I was a little bit nervous but it’s an honor obviously to be picked. I went pretty early so I was pretty happy about that,” Chara said.---Hannah Becker