The players love it. The fans eat it up. Which is why us media types need to lighten up about All-Star Weekend.
Fans dressed in layers, began filtering into the 74,000-seat stadium once gates opened at 11 a.m., had it packed well before the opening faceoff and sang along as the pregame band played the Neil Diamond classic "Sweet Caroline."
Terry Frei has been enjoying the Stanley Cup finals, but he has a few suggestions for the league to consider.
If it's all about the players in the playoffs, then what are the coaches doing for two months?
After a better-than-expected 2001-02, the Hurricanes are out to prove they aren't one-hit wonders.