Greg Wyshynski

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Greg Wyshynski is the editor of Puck Daddy. A former managing sports editor for The Connection Newspapers, he's written for Deadspin, AOL Sports and is the author of "Glow Pucks & 10-Cent Beer: The 101 Worst Ideas in Sports History." Born and bred in New Jersey, living in Northern Virginia. Did we mention he likes booze?

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2015 NHL All-Star Game marks the first time Nick Foligno will have captained a team, having previously only served as an alternate captain during his junior hockey days. 

    “It’s about time!” he said. 

    “Don’t write that.”

    Too late, what with it being Media Day and all.

    With the All-Star Game captaincy comes great responsibility, obviously. You’re the face of your team, because your name is literally the team’s name. You answer all the inane questions from media about the skills competition and the all-star draft. And your face is plastered on the side of the arena and the front of the official hotel, greeting fans.

    “Sorry for everyone that has to look at that,” said Foligno.

    He may never have been an actual captain, but Foligno seems born to be one in the All-Star Game. The Columbus Blue Jackets forward obviously lucked into the gig, with the NHL needing a local representative to captain one of the teams. But the charming, light-hearted, happy-to-here temperament

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  • Are NHL stars cool with World Cup Young Guns, Euro Stars format?

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – The NHL will announce this weekend that the World Cup of Hockey is being resurrected, but with an unprecedented and controversial twist to the format.

    Canada, the U.S., Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic will have NHL player-packed teams in the tournament. But the League has reportedly opted to fill the last two spots with a “Young Guns” team of 23-years-old-and-under North American players and a “European All-Star” team made up of players from orphan countries. 

    Young Americans. Young Canadians. Working together to defeat their idols from the U.S. and Canada in a World Cup tournament.

    If there was one word shared by most NHL All-Stars in Columbus when asked about that World Cup format, it would be “awkward.”

    “I don’t think Canadians like to play with Americans too much. I don’t know how that’d work,” joked Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, with more than an element of truth. “But you’re there to win games. I don’t think it’d be an issue.”

    “It

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  • The 10 NHL stars you assumed were All-Stars but never actually were

    The NHL All-Star Game is this weekend in Columbus, and thanks to changing dynamics in the League and some significant injuries, there are a number of players who are making their first appearances in the midseason classic. 

    They should embrace it. They should cherish it. Because not every big name player gets their shot to be an NHL All-Star.

    Here are 10 players that you might assume had been NHL All-Stars but, alas, never were during their storied NHL careers. Please keep in mind we went with retired players or players that are near the end of their run; while there are some current players that have been snubbed mightily, they also still have a chance to make the cut.

    These guys never did ...

    Bob Essensa, G

    NHL Games Played: 446

    A good goalie on some bad Winnipeg Jets teams, Essensa didn’t get the same all-star chance that his fellow second-tier NHL netminders in that era (Darren Puppa, Arturs Irbe) received. Not even a pity pick. Sigh. 

    Kelly Hrudey, G

    NHL Games Played: 677

    How many

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  • NHL All-Star Snow Slide: The best $2 spent in Columbus

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Inside of Nationwide Arena this weekend, the biggest names in the National Hockey League will fly around the ice in the All-Star Game. 

    Outside of Nationwide Arena this weekend, the biggest fans of the National Hockey League will fly on their butts down a giant snow slide.

    Who’s having more fun, really?

    The Columbus Blue Jackets and the NHL have an All-Star Weekend Winter Park set up outside the arena, and the featured attraction is the 34-feet tall, 85-feet wide slide covered in packed snow along Nationwide Blvd.

    It’s 175-feet long, with tubers flying down the three slide lanes at over 25 miles per hour.

    The Snow Slide will be open Thursday, January 22 through Sunday, January 25 at a cost of $2 per ride (cash only). Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

    Yes, two dollars. Seriously, what’s another NHL All-Star thing that costs two dollars? A commemorative pencil?

    There are three different

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  • Puck Daddy Columbus All-Star fan meet-up: Friday night at Bernard’s Tavern

    The hockey world was descended upon Columbus this weekend for the NHL All-Star Game festivities, so you know what that means:

    Party time!

    Your friends at Puck Daddy have partnered with the terrific Columbus Blue Jackets blog The Union Blue for a fan/blogger/tweeter/whatever meet-up on Friday night, Jan. 23, from 6-10 p.m. at Bernard’s Tavern (630 North High St., in the Short North).

    Here’s the menu. Here’s the beer.

    Happy Hour prices will run from 6-8 at the bar including half price beer (bottle or draft) and $2.25 well drinks. 

    From 8-10 they will be running a special including $3 Bud Light draft, $4 Jack Daniel’s Honey, $4 Jagermeister and $4 3 Olive products.

    We want to have a fun, safe environment for those visiting Columbus and for the Jackets fans looking to greet the rest of the hockey community to town. This cocktail hour will let writers, bloggers and fans alike intermingle and talk about the sport we all love, hockey.

    Oh, and of course watch the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft

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  • Sergei Bobrovsky out of All-Star Game; Blues’ Brian Elliott gets call

    Hey, an injured Columbus Blue Jacket. Must be a day in the 2014-15 NHL regular-season. 

    Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will miss this weekend’s NHL All-Star Game in Columbus with a groin injury. He suffered the lower body injury during the team’s loss against the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday.

    Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues was named as his replacement. He was limited to 22 games this season due to injury, but has a 1.86 GAA and a .930 save percentage. He was a participant in the 2012 NHL All-Star Game.

    (We also assume he had another important asset as an All-Star Game goalie, which is that he was available and wanted to participate.)

    Bobrovsky is the fifth player to have to pull out of the NHL All-Star Game due to injury, along with Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin. Los Angeles Kings forward Tanner Pearson also pulled out after being named as one of the game’s rookie additions.

    The Jackets don’t

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  • Your definitive NHL All-Star Game skills competition event ranking

    The NHL All-Star Skills Competition is scheduled for Saturday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, and we couldn’t be more excited.

    It truly is one of the greatest displays of hockey skill, player personally and friendly competition. And it stands in stark contrast to the following day’s All-Star Game, which is 60 minutes of guys skating through hangovers, wondering why they didn’t fake an injury to hang out in the Bahamas.

    The skills competition began in 1990, and through the years we’ve had events appear and then drop out – we’re looking at you, puck control relay.

    There are six events scheduled for the 2015 NHL All-Star Game; here they arem ranked by how awesome they are:

    6. Amp NHL Hardest Shot

    This is just a super boring event overall, save for the usual “will anyone be able to knock off the military-cannon-taken-human-form in the finale?” and/or “will military-cannon-taken-human-form break his own record?” drama.

    They’ve held the event 19 times, and only eight different

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  • Parents furious over NHL All-Star Game ticket policy change

    Lauren Brodt is raising a young sports fan.

    She estimates she’s taken her daughter, Reagan, to at least 20 sporting events since she was born in December 2013. She’ll take her seat, and then her daughter will take her seat on her mother’s lap, as she did for a Pittsburgh Penguins game last week.

    Before purchasing tickets to games, Brodt investigates a venue’s ticket policy for infants. Most require  children over the age of two to have their own tickets, but not for infants. 

    Brodt's sister is a season-ticket holder for the Blue Jackets and purchased tickets through the team for the NHL All-Star Game at Columbus' Nationwide Arena. Brodt wanted to join her for the game, and went through StubHub to purchase tickets for herself and her 3-and-half-year-old; she checked the arena policy, and it said her 1-year-old daughter didn't require one. 

    Here’s the policy, as published on the arena’s website and emailed to season-ticket holders that purchased All-Star Game tickets last August.

    Brodt

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  • Crazy hockey dad shatters glass while screaming at players (Video)

    This video, discovered by Deadspin, depicts a moment of amazing passion by a dedicated hockey parent.

    OK … it features a dad’s mutant-like, freakish strength as he shatters the rink glass with one hard slap.

    Which prompted someone in the crowd to unleash the single most sarcastic response to an embarrassing act in the history of video or embarrassment: 

    “WAY TO GO, PAULLLLLLLLLLLL!!!”

    As Deadspin noted, there’s not a lot of context here. Which is fine. Because we don’t know the players, we don’t know the refs, we don’t know the coaches or the rink or the town.

    But we know a hockey dad blew up the glass with the force of Zdeno Chara riding a rhino into it. And that’s good enough for us.

    (But if you have any info on this: puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com)

    UPDATE: The York Daily Record has more on this story -- 

    The arena, located at 941 Vander Ave., is owned by the City of York, but managed by the York Revolution. This past weekend, it was the site of a youth hockey tournament, said Revs

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  • San Jose Sharks create Metallica jerseys, give them to band (Photo)

    When the San Jose Sharks play, nothing else matters, wherever they may roam. It’s sad but true. 

    Occasionally, they’ll load and reload and take some time to honor the hero of the day. Those heroes on Wednesday night: Rock gods METALLICA!

    The Sharks honored the band, rather appropriately, on Metallica Night at the SAP Center. They received these sweet sweaters, with a Metallica-ized Sharks logo. They also signed another set of them to be auctioned off to benefit the Sharks Foundation. 

    A truly special moment for the Sharks and their fans, who admittedly must have the frayed ends of sanity at this point watching this team. They’re trying to turn the page, but the memory remains. 

    Photos via Sharks

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