All Star weekend came and went, and while I already aired my grievances concerning the event I otherwise enjoyed, I of course am not the only one to have an opinion on the whole spectacle. And even though it’s been a while now since the All Star break, why not a take a look at a more positive outlook on the event to compete with my 3 Doors Down hatefest?
As mentioned on twitter, we were surprised (but excited!) to learn that John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats is a hockey fan. And while I admit that the lo-fi indie styling of his band doesn’t exactly connotate the description “punk as fuck,” it’d be hard to argue that the Mountain Goats and John Darnielle (who has often been the solitary member of the band) haven’t thoroughly penetrated punk culture.
So we here at HockeyPunx were happy to discover that Darnielle was attending the NHL All Star events with a press pass in order to write up an article for North Carolina’s Independent Weekly, a progressive local paper from Darnielle’s current residence.
In his article, Darnielle stresses how the laid-back, mellow culture of North Carolina (where the All Star weekend was hosted this year) permeated all of the weekend activities. There’s a few gems in his recollection of the event, such as…
Prior to the red carpet walk of the 2011 NHL All-Star teams, there’s the promenade of the mascots. I don’t think there’s much I can tell you about the promenade that isn’t already covered by the phrase “promenade of the mascots”
… but I quite enjoyed his summation of the festivities:
the All-Star game is a communal event where, for once, you can actually believe that it’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game. How many times, as a kid, did you hear this and think, “You’re only telling me that to make me feel good, because I lost.” At the All-Star game, though, the core truth of a hoary cliché glimmers on the ice, goal after goal. I would say that, though. I was for Team Staal, which ended up one goal short of an 11-11 tie, none of them looking even remotely bothered by it, hugging and high-fiving and heading back for one last round of All-Star interviews before the games start counting again.
So go check out John Darnielle’s article, titled “Nine points: The mellow mood and high-offense charms of NHL All-Star weekend,” because, as one commenter on the article put it, “It is a source of great comfort and joy to find out that one of your most beloved musical idols is also partial to the most amazing sport on planet earth.”