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Put up your dukes

The NHL All-Star weekend in St Paul, Minnesota looked like it was going to be its usual drab self. The 'young guns' game was quite good, the skills competition was as expected, but the actual game was somewhat low scoring. But what the game may have lacked in excitement was more than made up by the back and forth barbs traded by the NHL and its players association. Gary Bettman and Bob Goodenow were up to their usual antics, as if we needed more labour antics from these two.

Btw, here's snippet from a Minnesota newspaper that gives you some idea as to the lack of interest the NHL All-Star game created in the local market:

"The next day, the game barely made the front page of the local newspapers. It was eclipsed in importance by the famous Ohio State-Minnesota basketball game, which ended prematurely after a brawl in which the Gophers' Ron Behagen stomped on Ohio State star Luke Witte and some Minnesota fans chased Buckeyes players."
posted at 15:11:14 on 02/13/04 by HockeyCritic - Category: Business of Hockey


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