When NHL vice president Brendan Shanahan introduced a new NHL All-Star game format early this season, many fans felt the NHL was attempting to make the annual All-Star game more exciting and interesting to watch than the so called "shinny" All-Star games of the past.
Indeed the NHL, along with Shanahan's vision, was to transform the game into more of a showcase of NHL talent, decided to replace the historical alignment of East vs. West format for a new dimension.
With a concussion injury to Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crobsy, forcing him to, in all likelihood, miss the All-Star weekend and the fact that Calgary Flames icon Jarome Iginla has decided to withdraw from the game due to family reasons, the NHL had more than enough talented players to look upon to select their two All-Star game Captains.
Although the set-up is unique, it should be an interesting game nevertheless, let alone the hype that will be generated leading up to the game.
Though the recent announcement by the NHL, naming the two All-Star game captains was likely not an easy decision considering the talent that the NHL has attending the annual event.
Congratulations to Eric Staal of the hometown Carolina Hurricanes and Niklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings for their selection as Captains of this year's All-Star game.
It will be these men, along with alternate captains who will decide who will play for each come January 30th in Raleigh, N.C.
The NHL's attempt to draw the best 42 players currently playing the game, their are more than a few options as to who could be named captain in this historic All-Star game.
No doubt a tough decision, there can only be 2 captains, but these players are 10 players who have been snubbed as NHL All-Star Captain.
All deserving of the honor... you decide.