A standout from last year's
Trotz told the Chicago Tribune, "I think there's a little connection. Darryl, every time I see him, the first thing he asks is, 'How is your son doing?' I get a big smile on my face. We were playing L.A. and I saw Chris up in the stands and he gets up in the aisleway and dances and I got a huge smile on my face because I hope my son has as much fun as Chris does around the players and all that in the future.…
"Honestly, we could care less about our teams because we have that little bit of connection. We understand that that's a real important part. And I probably say to him that that keeps us grounded. The blessing of having a special-needs child is that you are grounded and you probably look at life a little differently than everybody else … and it's a blessing. It really has been a blessing for our family, that's for sure."
A few weeks ago, NHL officials pressured enforcer John Scott to withdraw from the All-Star game after a joking, Internet-driven campaign led to his being voted the Pacific Division captain. On Friday, NHL Commissioner
Scott, who kept his All-Star status despite being traded from the Arizona
"We had a quick talk because I think he was worried about me not feeling welcome and being uncomfortable with this whole situation," Scott said. "He just said, 'We are happy you are here, we wanted you to be here and just go out and have fun and know our support is behind you.' It was good to hear that from him because there was a time when I wasn't really sure how the league felt, and he kind of put those thoughts at rest."
The Central All-Stars will face the Pacific All-Stars and the Atlantic All-Stars will face the Metropolitan All-Stars Sunday in semifinal games, with the winners facing off for the championship and a shared $1-million bonus.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick will be the West goalie in the breakaway challenge event,
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Bettman will hold a news conference Saturday, during which he's expected to announce the awarding of the 2017 All-Star Game to Los Angeles. The Kings previously hosted the game at the Forum in 1981 and at Staples Center in 2002.