Tonights Central Hockey League All-Star game doesnt follow the usual format. Rather than collections of all-stars facing off against each other, a single all-star squad will take on your Colorado Eagles.
According to J.P. Puma, the Eagles manager of communication, this approach is so old that its new. The idea is a spin on the way the NHL all-star game used to be played, he says. Originally, the Stanley Cup champions hosted an all-star team. It was that way for almost twenty years. Eagles founder Ralph Backstrom, a six-time Cup winner and 2009 Colorado Sports Hall of Fame inductee, remembers this era fondly and convinced the CHL to try something like it and the Eagles were chosen to compete due partly to their impressive drawing power: Weve sold out every game, Puma boasts. He feels this new twist on an old classic will provide participants with incentive to play harder than is typical in all-star exhibitions. After all, he says, the Eagles wont want to lose in front of their home crowd, and the all-stars wont want to lose to a regular team.