After watching Scott Hartnell’s stellar performance in the Flyers game against the Bruins this past Sunday afternoon, I could not help but ask why was he not an All Star this season?

Hartnell had a hat trick in that game and honestly has performed rather consistently this season all together. Maybe fan ballots are not the way to go with these decisions, but that is another story.

He leads the Flyers with 25 goals (fourth in the NHL overall) --coming up on his career high goals scored which currently stands at 30 (2008-09). He stands second overall on the Flyers roster with a total of 44 points.

All though he was named to the All Star team in replacement for the injured Jonathan Toews, Hartnell has surely proven himself eligible for this honor. He will join fellow teammates: Claude Giroux, Kimmo Timonen, as well as rookies Sean Couturier, and Matt Read on this roster.

Scott’s rugged style of play and his witty ‘character’ all too familiar to Flyers fans is sure to bring a new twist to the elements of intensity to the All Star Game traditions. It is said that he will wear a microphone for the game and that will bring a great sense of entertainment to the viewers for sure.

Scott Hartnell knows what it is to be an ultimate teammate, as he has exemplified as of late and has more than stepped up to the plate for this injury ridden Flyers roster.

Most recently, Hartnell also came to replace James van Riemsdyk on the ever popular Giroux-Jagr line with JVR out with a concussion. He has become the new enforcer to this line in that he not only scores goals but clears a path for the remaining members of this line to do so as well.

Congratulations to Mr. Hartnell and the remaining Flyers teammates for receiving the honor of representingBroad Streetin this esteemed All Star tradition.


Information pertaining to this year’s NHL All Star Game:

Where:Scotiabank Place,Ottawa,Ontario,Canada

When: Sunday, January 29, 4:00 p.m. ET

Watch: NBC Sports Network (USA), CBC (Canada)


Schedule of events:

Thursday, Jan. 26

2:30-3 p.m.: NHL Trophy Procession

3-10 p.m.: Scotiabank NHL Fan Fair

3-10 p.m.:ConfederationParkNHL Ice Sculptures

8-9:30 p.m.: 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft

Friday, Jan. 27

10 a.m.-10 p.m.: Scotiabank NHL Fan Fair

10 a.m.-10 p.m.:ConfederationParkNHL Ice Sculptures

7 p.m.: Energizer Night Skate at NHL All-Star

8:00 p.m.: SiriusXM NHL All-Star Concert in the Cabin

Saturday, Jan. 28

9 a.m.-12 noon: 2012 Canadian Tire NHL Junior Skills National Championship

10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Scotiabank NHL Fan Fair

10 a.m.-10 p.m.:ConfederationParkNHL Ice Sculptures

7 p.m.-9 p.m. 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition

Sunday, Jan. 29

10 a.m.-3 p.m.:ConfederationParkNHL Ice Sculptures

4 p.m.: 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game

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