In a fitting scenario, the NHL has named the captain of the host Ottawa Senators as well as the captain of the defending Stanley Cup Champs (who also happens to be a former Senator) as the captains of the respective All-Star teams. Ottawa Senators Captain Daniel Alfredsson and the team he drafts next Thursday will be facing off against Team Zdeno Chara in a game that will be lacking the intensity of a normal divisional game between the two players. Chara hasn’t exactly been public enemy #1 in Ottawa (the current holder of that title is Dany Heatley), but there is still a segment of the fan base that is still bitter about his abandonment of the Senators in favour of the Bruins following the 2005-06 season.
All-Star weekend officially begins with the draft on Thursday night, Jan 26th followed by the Skills competition on Sat. Jan. 28th and the game itself on Sun. Jan. 29th.
For more details on the All-Star Fanfest, please visit http://senators.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=60070