Fun suggestions for Ottawa’s 2012 NHL All-Star game weekend

September 14th, 2010 by Burgundy Leave a reply »

In what might be the worst kept secret since Jonathan Cheechoo’s buy out (which bore rumours approximately five minutes after the Senators acquired him, give or take a few minutes), the NHL is reportedly set to announce the 2012 All-Star game will be held in Ottawa later this week.

Despite being panned by both fans and analysts, hosting an All-Star game is a big deal. Much like the NHL’s Entry Draft, the All-Star game is a full weekend event and churns out big dollars for hosting clubs. Since I grew up in Ottawa, I thought it would be somewhat appropriate to give some fun suggestions to help spruce up Ottawa’s 2012 NHL All-Star weekend. You’re welcome, Senators…

  • The City of Ottawa will likely make a multi-day event out of the All-Star game, packed with entertainment, activities and games for fans, families etc… For example, games could include designing your own horrible 3rd jersey or participating in a scavenger hunt with one incredibly difficult place to locate. Of course that place would be Scotiabank Place.
  • As a way to bring fans closer to their favourite players, fans could be given an opportunity to try out game-used Senators equipment on Scotiabank Place ice in a fun “pick-up” hockey game. I’m guessing the poor soul who gets stuck with Chris Phillips’ stick probably won’t understand why it keeps shooting the puck into his/her own net.
  • On that note, the Senators could also give fans an opportunity to try on game-worn jerseys. Or in Alexandre Daigle’s case, previously worn nurse outfits.
  • Fans, if you are lucky enough to attend the 2012 All-Star game at Scotiabank Place, building officials won’t mind if you “boo” any/all of the Ottawa Senators All-Stars. Turns out the Senators are used to playing 82 road games each season.
  • I think a hockey themed version of Monopoly would go down very well as part of the All-Star weekend festivities. It would be realistic too. For example, the “Go To Jail” board tile would actually include the words “Ottawa Senators starting goalie.”
  • Fans could play a game of Clue as yet another game during the All-Star weekend. The game would include the following clues: “Has done some shady business deals,” “Has lied to authorities” and “Has made a lot of unkept promises.” Fans would be able to choose between Rod Bryden and Eugene Melnyk.
  • I’m told a member of the Senators had an idea too. It turns out a Senators captain recently approached the NHL about a modification to the “Hardest Shot” skills event. I don’t know which Senator made the suggestion, but apparently the idea involves taking slapshots at Scott Niedermayer instead of empty nets.

Stay classy, NHL All-Star game and Ottawa Senators.



  1. Ken says:

    Oh come on!

    Two digs at the same losing playoff series?!?!? Burgundy, you have no shame!

  2. Lewy says:

    Hilarious. The ‘Go To Jail’ one could’ve easily used Nik Khabibulin, too.

    Too soon?

  3. SensDew19 says:

    I honestly thought the go to jail would end up in Khabby haha

    “Turns out the Senators are used to playing 82 road games each season.”

    hehe we’re not THAT bad

  4. Burgundy says:

    I wanted to use Khabby but I had to keep it Sens-themed.

    @ Lewy – Definitely not too soon.

    @ Ken – I have NO shame!

  5. jph15 says:

    funny, but that phillips thing still hurts
    the SBP joke was great

  6. Kevin S. says:

    Great work as usual Burgundy.

  7. Corey says:

    Good work DGBurgundy

  8. Burgundy says:

    @ Corey – Bahaha! Great comment.

  9. Jason says:

    Glad to see the Cheechoo jokes are already in full effect. If he actually gets signed, I may as well just start a list of them. If he doesn’t, I’ll just use the “search and replace” feature and use “Fabian Brunnstrom” instead.

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