Today beings the official break for the All Star Game, while the Calgary Flames have been off since Tuesday night, the NHL did have one last game last night.
Making his 6th All Star Game appearance (2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009) Jarome Iginla will be the only representative for the Flames this time around. In years past, Iginla has been joined by Dion Phaneuf, Robyn Regehr, Jordan Leopold, and Matthew Lombardi.
With this appearance, Iginla will be tied with Theoren Fleury and Al MacInnis for a franchise high of 6 appearances. Fleury made was on the team in 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999, while MacInnis played in 1985, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1994.
In 1985, Al MacInnis made his All Star Game debut with Paul Reinhart in Calgary. Wale Conference defeated the Campbell Conference 6-4, meaning McInnis and Reinhart walked away with a loss.
The ceremonial faceoff had the Canadian astronaut, Marc Garneau, use the puck that he had taken into outer space.
This year’s All Star Game will be held in Ottawa (for those of you living under a rock) and this will be the first time the city has held the game. The draft is scheduled for tonight, so if you wish to see which team (Chara or Alfredsson) Iginla ends up on, make sure to watch at 6pm MST.