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Lou Nolan for Flyers Hall of Fame , NJ • United States • 66 Years Old • Male
Please hear me out... This may just work:

Break the AllStar Game up into a double header... from each coast.

* Select an all star team from each conference from a pool of players that were not on the Conference winning team.

* Select a city in each confernece -- possibly the conference championship city -- and have a game in each, in a double header format.

* Have the conference winning teams play the conference all star... as was done in the early days of the AS game... when the SC Champs played against the other five team's allstars.

* Possibly expand the format, if it proves successful, to have a later season battle of the winners.

* Donate ALL profits from tickets sales to charities of the winning teams choice.

This could spark interest in the game w/o dividing the teams... as is done in a North America/World format, thus fans can cheer on a team rather than a player or country... It would spread around the host cities in a greater rotation -- provided it not the conference winning city hosting method -- and give greater honor and pride to conference winners... Also, it would allow more team representation since each conference would have a full roster made up of players excuding the Conf. wiiner AND all conf. winning players would earn All Star status; which they really do deserve -- non retired players from the prievious years winners can be gathered from current teams to make up that roster.

The games can be played in the weekend before the Super Bowl... with the Early game being vs the Eastern Champs, and the nightcap being vs the western Champs.

The more I think about it, the better it sounds to me.
July 19, 2007 3:52 PM ET | Delete
This would not work in the NHL.... Too much time would be taken off from the league schedule, and as much as you think would help interest... It won't... The current form of Best from the West as voted from fans and Best from the East as voted by fans (for starting lineup) and then the best of the best as voted by NHL fills out the rest is the only way to have the all star game in this format.. Too many games in too short of time and opens the door to too many people being called "all stars"... Not a good idea ...
July 19, 2007 3:53 PM ET | Delete
Also, part of it is there would not be interest in the format you mentioned, all star games are for the best of the best vs the best of the best, you limit it to conference winners and all that it wont be the best players, just a few best players from team plus many supportive people... Just would not work... Either way thumbs down on this format as it is simple: wont work at all for the NHL
July 19, 2007 3:55 PM ET | Delete
Very cool idea. Is this played after the season? Then you would know who were the conference winning teams and not have to worry about injury as much. I also like the donation theme- confirming my belief that your a good man
July 19, 2007 4:00 PM ET | Delete
Hmmm you ideas JohnSheppard for why it would work have not convinced me. Just because players are supposed to be allstars doesnt mean they cant play i nthe allstar game- change your paradigm. in fatc from a hockey fans perspective this is a better format because it tests coaching and chemistry vs. pure skill, increase the number of allstar games being played, and it allows for more players to be seen in highlighted games (cant see whats not to like about this). The taking away form the schedule is a concern and I would like to see these game played after the season to increase hockey view time and decrease injury concerns.
July 19, 2007 4:56 PM ET | Delete
One factor to consider, if you start playing all stars versus individual teams, it may lead to more injuries. Does anyone really want to see a 4th line enforcer taking runs at other teams all stars, knowing there is no one on the other team that will do anything about it. Lets say Minnesota wins the West this year and plays this type of game next year. Boogard decides to run Inginla through the boards, what all star is going to stop him?
July 19, 2007 6:32 PM ET | Delete
I love the idea, but it will never happen. the potential injury scare would destroy the concept. I can see the top tier players being told by teams/agents to pull out so they don't have to face checking lines. They don't pull out of the current games cause they are all worried about getting injured so they take it easy on each other. As soon as those top tier players start pulling out, it defeats the purpose of the whole idea.Again, i love the idea. the exposure, which the league needs right now, would be great. but, the money at risk would squash this in a hurry.
July 19, 2007 6:40 PM ET | Delete
I was thinking that it would be two games -- and only two games -- played in the same timeframe as the present allstar game between the conference winners from the prior season. But I suppose an after the season timeframe could be worked out somehow... The original allstar game, from what I understand, was the Cup champs vs all stars from the other five teams. Nowadays with all the teams in the NHL there is still the same amount of players selected as allstars that there were back when it was the 6 team conference vs another 6 team conference... This format would allow for more players to get a chance... Plus, isn't a team that wins a conference built around a group of allstars in various ways? As for injuries and cheap shots; it would have to be thought of as it is today; a gentleman's agreement not to have cheapshots taken... I understand that there would have to be some time and effort taken to develop such a format, but I believe that it bould worth it to try... I honestly believe that it would benefit the NHL and could make a lot of money in the process for charity as I had stated; maybe a charity to help players from the past who have not amassed the fortunes of the players of today.
July 20, 2007 6:39 PM ET | Delete
I'd like to see the all star game after the season. I hate the break mid year and always worry about injuries. This format is creative but probably would never fly, especially because of those reasons mentioned above. I did enjoy the NA/World format a few years back but after a couple of times that got stale also.You could rotate the east/west and na/world formats I would think it would be more enjoyable. Or like the old format SC champs vs the other all-stars. With only 25 man AS roster instead of 2 25 man AS rosters as we have now that AS team would be stacked.
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