Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl kept a diary for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis. Draisaitl combined for six points (four goals, two assists) in the Pacific Division's two wins on Saturday. He also finished second in the Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting at the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills presented by New Amsterdam Vodka on Friday.
In this entry, Draisaitl talks about playing in his second All-Star Game, having NHL legend Wayne Gretzky on the Pacific Division bench, and playing on the same team as some of his rivals in the division.
The All-Star Weekend was a lot of fun. It's always great to be around guys that, you know, you're usually fighting on the ice against, and going head to head, you're battling, so it's great to meet them.
Everything about it is fun, the All-Star Skills competition. It was a great weekend. As a kid, you idolized of lot of these guys, so it's fun to be around them, it's fun to learn from them, watch them. All in all, it's a great event.
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Gretzky was a good coach, he coached us really well. He told us to try whatever he used to do, but it's impossible.
As for winning the game, I think the most important thing is to have fun. We all want to have fun. We're all here to give the fans something and that's the most important reason why we're here. But obviously when it comes down to the last couple of minutes and you're in the final, you end up wanting to win it.
As for issues playing on the same team as rivals, no not at all. Like I said, this is about having fun, everyone is here to have a fun time. This is not the time to be grumpy about something that happened in the past. Things will settle. Whatever happens, happens, but this is not the time to do it.
The best part of the weekend is just the experience. You get to know a lot of people. You see a lot of people that you haven't seen in a long time so it's just the experience to be here. Being around these guys, and obviously with the alumni and all that kind of stuff made for a great event.