Columbus Blue Jackets’ Ryan Johansen Picked First Overall In Nhl All-star Game Draft | Fox Sports

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At one point during the evening, a TV interviewer approached Ovechkin backstage and he hid behind a white piece of paper on which he had printed: “I want to be last. Need a car.” Ovechkin, the league’s leading goal-scorer last year, came close to getting his wish. He lasted until there were just three players remaining, but then captain Nick Foligno selected him. Ovechkin slumped in mock dejection in his chair, looked at the ceiling and sighed loudly. Then he looked into the camera and mouthed one word: “WHY?” Foligno watched Ovechkin slowly walk onto the stage before despondently putting on a black Team Foligno jersey. “Hey, Ovie, buy a car!” Foligno called out. As it turned out, Ovechkin barely missed out on a new set of wheels. The two players who went last — Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nashville rookie Filip Forsberg — each got the keys to a new car in a break from tradition. Check out the best photos from the best fights in the NHL. “He wanted the car but it seems like he always gets everything he wants,” said Rick Nash , one of the assistants to captain Jonathan Toews . “I think the captains had other plans.” Foligno and Toews, chosen last week as team captains for the All-Star teams, revisited history by recreating the 2009 deal. In that trade, which greatly affected two Original Six franchises, the Boston Bruins sent Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a first-round draft pick that would become Seguin. source: http://www.foxsports.com/nhl/story/columbus-blue-jackets-ryan-johansen-picked-first-overall-in-nhl-all-star-game-draft-012315

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“We like to give something back every time we bring a big event to a community,” said NHL commissioner, Gary Bettman. “The legacy treehouse project, the fact that we’ve created it in partnership with Blue Jackets, we couldn’t be more proud. It is nothing short of phenomenal. The creativity that has gone into creating a treehouse in a stairwell was beyond my comprehension until I saw it myself.” The treehouse was built to provide a place for children to play, forget about their health struggles for a while and also participate in a bit of exercise that can be helpful in recovering from illness. In the stairwell, the first floor has a frozen pond for floor hockey with a scoreboard; the second floor is a converted locker room with sticks, skates and gloves and the third floor has a jungle gym that has been built to look like a Zamboni. There is also a clear tunnel slide connecting the two sides of the stairwell to each other. Boston Bruins ‘ forward Patrice Bergeron was one of the NHL All- Stars who came to reveal the legacy project. The 6-foot-2 hockey player was amazed to see what could be built around a set of stairs. It was all fun and games during Friday night’s NHL All-Star Draft, see how the teams ended up! “I’ll never look at a stairwell the same way after seeing this one,” Bergeron said. “Other ones will be pretty boring. It’s definitely great, the kids started having fun right away from the get go.” Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno is a captain for the All-Star game. source: http://www.foxsports.com/ohio/story/nhl-legacy-project-treehouse-columbus-blue-jackets-ronald-mcdonald-house-all-star-2015-012415

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Playing for an Original Six (team) is pretty special for me growing up in Toronto, where hockey is No. 1 and that’s all you hear about, so it’s been kind of fun in that sense.” Rick Nash on losing Stanley Cup New York Rangers center Rick Nash said losing in the 2014 Stanley Cup finals was tough to take, but motivated him. (Tim Warsinskey / The Plain Dealer) Hockey was not during Nash’s time No. 1 in Columbus, still is not No. 1 after Ohio State’s national championship, and probably never will be for as long as Ohio Stadium still stands. This is not news, of course. In 2012, Nash was two years into a contract with Columbus that was to pay him $64 million through 2018. He was among the NHL’s marquee forwards from the moment he stepped into Nationwide Arena as an 18-year-old rookie in 2002. But he wanted out in 2012, and after a long drama, was shipped to New York for Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisimov, Tim Erixon and a 2013 first-round draft pick, which became Kerby Rychel. Columbus never finished seventh in the Western Conference and made one, short-lived playoff appearance during Nash’s reign. Asked his favorite memories, it was a short list. “I remember my first night here, scoring my first goal in the second period against Chicago,” he said. source: http://www.cleveland.com/nhl/blog/index.ssf/2015/01/nhl_all-star_rick_nash_reflect.html

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More from ESPN.com The All-Star Game will have serious line combos, writes Pierre LeBrun. Story At one point during the evening, a TV interviewer approached Ovechkin backstage and he hid behind a white piece of paper on which he had printed: “I want to be last. Need a car.” Ovechkin, the league’s leading goal-scorer last year, came close to getting his wish. He lasted until there were just three players remaining, but then captain Nick Foligno selected him. Ovechkin slumped in mock dejection in his chair, looked at the ceiling and sighed loudly. Then he looked into the camera and mouthed one word: “WHY?” Foligno watched Ovechkin slowly walk onto the stage before despondently putting on a black Team Foligno jersey. “Hey, Ovie, buy a car!” Foligno called out. As it turned out, Ovechkin barely missed out on a new set of wheels. The two players who went last — Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Nashville rookie Filip Forsberg — each got the keys to a new car in a break from tradition. “He wanted the car but it seems like he always gets everything he wants,” said Rick Nash , one of the assistants to captain Jonathan Toews . “I think the captains had other plans.” Foligno and Toews, chosen last week as team captains for the All-Star teams, revisited history by recreating the 2009 deal. In that trade, which greatly affected two Original Six franchises, the Boston Bruins sent Kessel to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a first-round draft pick that would become Seguin. source: http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/12219309/ryan-johansen-columbus-blue-jackets-first-player-taken-nhl-all-star-draft

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Bobrovsky was injured during the last game against Winnipeg. He suffered a lower body injury in the second period. The organization said theres no timetable set for his return. St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott will step in for Bobrovsky in the All-Star game. Selected to participate in his first NHL All-Star Game, Bobrovsky has posted a 16-15-2 record with a 2.85 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and one shutout in 33 games this season. The All-Star Game is being held in Columbus this weekend. Get more on the activities at www.10tv.com/nhl . 2015 by 10TV.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. More Stories From 10TV source: http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2015/01/22/columbus-ohio-blue-jackets-bobrovsky-to-sit-out-nhl-all-star-game-due-to-injury.html

 

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