IHLC At Centre Of Three All-Star Games

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Over the last two weekends, the top male and female hockey players on the planet gathered for the All Star Games of the CWHL, KHL and NHL, with International Hockey Lineal Champions abound showcasing their talents.

Starting with the CWHL All-Star Game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, it was Julie Chu’s (๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ) Team Black that defeated Natalie Spooner’sย (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ) Team White 5-1, using the “fantasy draft” format to determine teams. Marie-Philip Poulin (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ), who has a penchant for scoring big goals in pairs, struck with two, along with singles for IHLC winners Jillian Saulnier (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ) and Hayley Wickenheiser (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ). Half of the 38 players that dressed have held the IHLC at least once.

A more traditional “East vs. West” format was on hand in Moscow for the eighth KHL All-Star Game, being showcased in the new VTB Ice Palace. Crushing All-Star Game scoring records, it was the West prevailing by a stunning score of 28-23, with Sergei Mozyakin (๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ) leading the way with 6 goals on the evening. Other prominent IHLC holders making an impact were Danis Zaripov (๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ) and Stรฉphane Da Costa (๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท) with four goals each, as well as a hat trick for Vadim Shipachyov (๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ), and a 6 assist night for Alexander Radulov (๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ). When it was all said and done, 22 of the game’s 51 goals were scored by IHLC winners, who combined for a total of 48 points.

And lastly, at the 61st NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, it was new format on display at the Bridgestone Arena, with a 3-on-3 tournament between the league’s four divisions being held for the first time.ย First, the Atlantic Division defeated the Metropolitan Division 4-3 to represent the East in the final, with P.K. Subban (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ) netting the winner late in theย game. Then, the Pacific Division defeated the Central Division by a 9-6 final, with pairs of goals for Daniel Sedin (๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช), Taylor Hall (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ) and unlikely team captain John Scott (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ). And in the final, it was the game’s only goal, a Corey Perry (๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ) tally, that stood as the winner, with the Pacific edging out the Atlantic 1-0 to win the tournament for the Western Conference, and the $1 million prize.

Regular season play will now resume on both sides of the globes, in the lead-up to the chase for the Clarkson, Gagarin and Stanley Cups, respectively, as well as the women’s and men’s World Championship tournaments in the spring.

Photo Credit: SKAย – NHLย – Habs Eye On The PrizeIIHFHHOFIOC

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