The countdown to the 2004 NHL All-Star Game has begun!
In preparation for the 2004 All-Star Game, and in memory of the late Sergei Zholtok, the NHL announced this morning that the All-Star jerseys will be the same as those of the Latvian team. The Eastern conference, as the home team, will wear the maroon home jerseys, while the Western conference will be clad in the away white jerseys. The word "Latvija," printed on the front of the original jerseys, will, of course, be changed to "Eastern" and "Western." "This is a great way to pay tribute to a man who played in 588 NHL games," says one Minnesota Wild fan, "We still have to put on our pants one leg at a time. Hockey goes on, with or without him here. If anything, this is the best way to recognize the man that he was."
The fans are anxious for this year's game, and are ready to see if their votes got their favorite players onto their respective teams.
The game will take place in Atlanta on February 13th.