How the NHL Could Save the All-Star Game

Shane House@sghcantcopyAnalyst IMarch 25, 2010

MONTREAL - JANUARY 25:  Alexander Ovechkin #8 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars looks on from the bench area during a break in the 2009 NHL All-Star game at the Bell Centre on January 25, 2009 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
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The first official NHL All-Star game was played during the 1947-48 season. The point of having the game was to give fans a chance to see the league's best duke it out in one game and see the NHL's stars all in one place.

For a while, it was thought of as a big event for the NHL. People from all around North America flocked to the game to see the best of the best play one another on the same sheet of ice.

But where did it all go wrong?

It is safe to say that for the last 15 years, the event that is the All-Star game has become a bit of a joke.

The skills competition can't even fill an arena anymore—and pretty much the same can be said for the All-Star game, as well.

Some experiments have come about: different events being held in the skills competition, old-timer games, changing the teams (East/West, North America/World), and the infinite young guns game. 

None has been able to gain the interest of fans.

To make matters worse, some of the elected All-Stars have begun to take the All-Star weekend off—which is an insult not only to the league, but also to the fans who voted for them. This behavior discredits the All-Star game as a whole.

If the players aren't willing to come out, what is the point of even having the All-Star game?

Well, I personally believe that the NHL needs to keep the All-Star game. The league just needs to reinvent it and make it much more notable.

Plus, I am sure fans agree that no matter what the NHL does, the Winter Classic will always overshadow the All-Star game from here on out during the season.

So I say the NHL changes things up a bit: Schedule the All-Star game the weekend after the Stanley Cup Finals.

The league can make it a whole weekend event.

Have the awards ceremony Friday night, the Skills Competition on Saturday, then the All-Star game on Sunday.

The players will get a chance to heal, and they won't have to spend time away from their families. Also, the Stanley Cup-winning team can showcase the cup during the weekend, and the schedule won't have to be as squished—allowing more time between games.

The best part is, fans will have a chance to vote for players after seeing them play a full season.

It is only a suggestion, but I truly believe that if these changes were made, it would not only rejuvenate a game that has been lacking for so long, but it will also make the players much more willing to come out and participate.

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