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The NHL All-Star game means different things to different players. When a player is selected for the first time, it’s an exciting honour that suggests “you’ve really made it!” Said player usually has a great time, taking in all the events and interacting with fans all weekend. Sure, the hardship of a first-class flight that can last SEVERAL hours is something to overcome, but hey, ALL STAR!

To a player who has been to six games already, it’s more of an annoyance. This player is usually older and could use a few days’ rest in a warm place mid-season. The novelty of trying to hit four targets in a row has worn off. And who wants to schmooze corporates all weekend (hint: nobody). That’s why you’ll often see veterans get mysterious ‘injuries’ around this time.

Those players are losing a bit of pocket change with the cancellation of the game however.

I’m going to assume CPI refers to consumer price index. I won’t try and calculate what this year’s appearance fee would have been, since I’m not so good at math and this isn’t a comedy blog. But even if it’s in the high four figures, that really isn’t enough to convince a 13-year veteran that his ‘lower-body injury’ isn’t all that bad. I mean, that’s barely enough money to light your cigars with for the year. But wait, there’s more!

Okay, nevermind. My lower body hurts.

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