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Mark Giordano checks in after the 2020 NHL All-Star Game

by MARK GIORDANO @MarkGio05 /

We did it!

After the Skills Competition on Friday, I told the boys we were going hard for the win at the All-Star Game and we were able to pull out a 5-4 win over the Atlantic in the final. Being able to say we are All-Star champs is very cool and it's something myself, Ritter, and Chucky will remember for a long, long time.

Like in past years, you feel the intensity ramp up as the games went on and you really get a good skate in the final. Ritter was outstanding in net in both games but he really secured us the win in the final, shutting down the Atlantic in the last 10 minutes. Big Save Dave really put on a show in his first All-Star Game.

Chucky was also huge for us, putting on a show for the fans in St. Louis and scoring a couple of pretty nice goals along with quite a few great set-ups in our teammates goals.

Everything about the weekend is great - the city of St. Louis was an awesome host and the entire event was so well-done - but I think the coolest thing was being able to watch Ritter and Chucky take everything in. Both were so honoured to be a part of the event and made sure to soak up the entire experience.

Chucky was constantly on the go all weekend, from All-Star events to getting some time in with his hometown buddies to spending time with his family, and he loved every minute of it. Being able to make his All-Star debut in his hometown, with Brady, means the world to him. I know his parents Chantal and Keith, his sister Taryn and the extended Tkachuk family also loved the entire experience.

Thanks for following along with us over the weekend - we had an absolute blast and were so honoured to be 2020 All-Stars!

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