Carey and Raphael aren’t the only members of the Habs family on duty during All-Star Weekend. Touring around Ottawa as part of the festivities, Youppi! spent some time in Gatineau, QC on Friday afternoon at Lord Aylmer Elementary School for the All-Star Pep-Rally before hitting the ice to showcase some of his sweet moves before the skills competition on Saturday.
The skills competition and All-Star Game steal the majority of the headlines during All-Star weekend but the Fan Fair downtown at the Ottawa Convention Centre is a pretty good third-billing. We ran into plenty of Habs fans in town taking in the festivities, showing off their sweet dangles – and their ability to shoot it low and hard from the blue line – in the skills booths, before taking some time out to test Ottawa’s version of poutine.
All-Star Weekend: when bitter on-ice rivalries take a back seat to seeing some of the league’s best play with each other for a change. Even the kids in Ottawa were getting in on the action at the Fan Fair, putting aside divisional loyalties to join forces in a game of mini hockey.
Visit the nation’s capital and it won’t take long to notice the giant hockey rink winding through the downtown core. Open every winter in Ottawa, when frozen, the 7.8 km long Rideau Canal becomes the longest skating rink in the world. To kick off All-Star weekend, the canal also (unofficially) became the world’s longest trophy procession, as every major NHL trophy – including the Stanley Cup – made their way down the canal before being set up at the Ottawa Convention Centre for the All-Star Fan Fest.
Nothing says Ottawa in January like hockey jerseys frozen in giant blocks of ice. Lining the Rideau Canal, all 30 NHL teams are represented in this festive display. We know Montreal is colder than pretty much every other NHL city (except maybe Winnipeg), so maybe that explains why the Canadiens logo was covered by a little more frost than the others…
Just before the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft, Carey Price decided to work the crowd and get to know some of his fellow All-Stars off the ice. We can’t tell if Carey is rocking his Blue Steel pose or if this is just some pre-Draft jitters, but we were happy to see him picked in the seventh round nonetheless. We were a little surprised to see Pricey picked by a Leaf and a Bruin…we can’t believe we’ll be saying this all weekend, but Go Team Chara!