Friday, January 13, 2012

TVOS at Fan-tastic Sports: Ottawa Fans Support their Sens - Vote 4 into NHL All-Star Game

Every Wednesday, I share my thoughts from inside the NHL Alumni Association and from around today's NHL at Peter Ing and Bryce Salvador's Fan-tastic Sports XHockey blog. This week - Ottawa fans vote four Senators into the NHL's All-Star Game.

Senators Captain Daniel Alfredsson
(Photo by Dianne Rodger - copyright TVOS)
While I live in Ottawa, I believe that it is important to start this week’s column by pointing out that I am not a Senators fan. It is a great organization and I do enjoy following the Senators because I know a few of their current and former players, but for most of my life, I have not had a ‘favourite’ team. I am a hockey fan first and find a Nashville – Anaheim game just as interesting to watch as an Ottawa – Toronto match-up. So, having said that, I’d like to address the so-called controversy surrounding the recent announcement that four Ottawa Senators were voted into the starting lineup of this year’s NHL All-Star game.

For hockey fans not in the Ottawa area, it may have been a surprise to see Daniel Alfredsson, Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek voted into the All-Star game, but it is a reflection of how excited the city is about this game. It also shows how loved the Senators are in this city and that the fans appreciate the effort the team has put forth on the ice this season. Raise your hand if you predicted the Senators would be in a playoff position after 42 games…

Read the entire article at the Fan-tastic Sports XHockey blog

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