Despite coming out on the losing end of a 12-9 victory by Team Chara, Team Alfredsson teammates and Flyers linemates Scott Hartnell and Claude Giroux made their mark on the 59th NHL All-Star Game on Sunday in Ottawa.
Both videos courtesy of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
First, witness Hartnell’s slick passing prowess, setting up fellow Ginger Henrik Sedin in the first period:
And there was also a goal from one of the NHL’s co-leaders in overall points:
Hartnell, a last-minute injury replacement, introduced himself to North America with typical humility and humor.
“It was really awesome. It was a lot of fun and I’m just trying to take it all in. I was able to set up one of the Sedins, I’m not sure which one it was, but it’s fun trying to work hard and not look too funny out there.”
The only way the native of Regina, Saskatchewan disappointed was in his viral #HartnellDown campaign, where he pledged $1000 for every time he fell to the ice during the game. On the league’s premier stage, Hartnell managed to stay largely upright in atypical fashion. According to Tim Panaccio, Giroux even attempted to aid the cause by purposely tripping Hartnell. The man himself estimated he made $5K from the effort, but that’s up for conjecture.
Giroux, on the other hand, was relatively unfazed by his second consecutive All-Star selection in his adopted hometown. “Yeah it’s pretty special to be here [in Ottawa]. I have a lot of family and friends here watching the game and it’s exciting. You saw that the whole city was excited and it’s a great city to host the All-Star weekend for sure.”
The 24-year-old may have been born way up in Francophone Hearst, Ontario, but he spent a significant portion of his youth, plus his junior days across the river (2005-08) from Canada’s capital in Gatineau, Quebec.