Want to know what it's like to be an All-Star game starter?
Marty Turco is going to tell us with his diary from his All-Star weekend in St. Paul, Minnesota. Here's his recap of the first two days of the event:
FRIDAY, FEB. 6, early afternoon: Turco and his Dallas teammates, Mike Modano and Bill Guerin, arrive in Minneapolis.
"We checked in, and we had arranged a birthday party for Hailey (his daughter). Her birthday is actually Saturday but we celebrated Friday with a big party at Chuck E. Cheese. We brought the Guerin kids with us, so I think the kids had a lot of fun."
EVENING: Dinner with his wife Kelly, his parents and Kelly's parents.
"I think that's the best part of it really, is having family and friends here to enjoy this and celebrate. I think they're pretty excited and proud, so it's just a really good chance to share this with them. It's a lot of fun for everyone because the league usually does this thing right."
SATURDAY, FEB. 7, 8:30 a.m.: Up early and bus to Xcel Energy Center.
9:30 a.m.: Team picture and practice.
"I didn't have a lot of time to get ready for practice. I just got a little bit of work in, but I got a pretty good sweat. I was excited to watch (Pavel) Datsyuk practice though. He's so dynamic and raw, and he's pretty much owned me so far in the few games we've played against each other. It's good to have him on my team so I can watch him a little bit closer. And, of course, I'm always watching the goalies."
11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.: Turco and the Western All Stars meet with the media.
"I did some stuff for ESPN, some media stuff for about an hour. It wasn't too bad. It's all geared around hockey and the game, and I always like that sort of thing. It was kind of a zoo with so many people around, but it really wasn't a problem for me. Some guys were hounded a lot worse."
Noon to 3 p.m.: Back to the hotel for some down time.
"Not too bad. I got a nap in the afternoon. Everybody else was at the Mall, so I had time to lay down for a bit."
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Dodge NHL SuperSkills event. Turco gets the unfortunate draw to defend the line of Robert Lang, Jaromir Jagr and Brian Rafalski during the "In the Zone" competition. In the breakaway relay, he stops four of the six shots faced, allowing goals to Jagr and Toronto's Gary Roberts.
"We were all pretty nervous about the "in the zone" drill because it was different. Maybe if we had a chance to practice it before we might do better. It wasn't that bad though. We understand that these contests aren't designed to make the goalies look good, but we still show up. I guess we're stand-up guys."
9:45 p.m. to Midnight: To the NHL All-Star Party at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
"I was hanging out in the Moss Pit. The goalies are pretty nervous over the weekend, but I think the traffic meter officers are more nervous with all the athletes driving around here."
Even late at night, apparently, the comedy act never ends.