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by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

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Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins spoke with us following the event to talk about his experience at his first-ever all-star game.

“It was great. They put on such a great event here in Columbus. The support that they had through the whole thing was amazing. Definitely something I won’t forget for a long time,” he began.

Nugent-Hopkins added that as a fan of hockey, he had a good time watching some of the League's best display their skills.

“It was a lot of fun. It was fun to watch some of these guys out there. Some guys were going a little bit harder than others and it was definitely good to see.”

The 21-year-old had a hand in two of Team Foligno's first three goals. He had an assist on the first goal of the game, scored by Radim Vrbata, and set up Kevin Shattenkirk a couple shifts later for an easy tap-in.

“It was a quick start for us. The first time I touched the puck, Vrbata was streaking for a breakaway and I just had to give it to him. That was a nice one. Then Shatty (Shattenkirk) was just wide open in front of the net.”

Out of the entire weekend, not surprisingly, it was the game itself that Nugent-Hopkins enjoyed the most.

“I think tonight was definitely the highlight of the weekend for me, just actually getting into the game situation. I know it’s not a serious game or anything but guys were out there having fun and making plays and stuff. Tonight was definitely the highlight.”

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