By Alexandria DiNatale '18
From Jan. 26 to Jan. 28 2018, the NHL held its annual All-Star Weekend in Tampa Bay, Fla. The Pacific division won the championship 5-2 against the Atlantic division. The MVP went to rookie Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks
The weekend was headlined with stars of the NHL coming together to participate in a friendly competition that had prizes for the winners.
Players are selected by NHL Hockey Operations staff and captains of each division is selected through a fan voting process. They come together to meet fans, participate in competitions and games, and to win prizes.
The two main events were the All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday and the All-Star Game on Sunday. The All-Star Skills Competition allows the selected all stars to showcase different talents in different competitions.
During the Skills Competition, some players from the U.S. Women’s hockey team participated. Hilary Knight was the third fastest player to complete the accuracy challenge, leaving some of the NHL superstars nervous.
“I’ve seen her play, I can’t match that,” said New Jersey Devil, Brian Boyle.
The weekend concluded with the All-Star Games.
The last time a rookie won MVP for the All-Star Game was Mario Lemieux in 1985.
By Zana Frluckaj '19
The Super Bowl happened Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, and Fontbonne faculty and students prepared for this American tradition in their own way.
To celebrate, Mrs. Nicoll gave her homeroom and incentive to watch the game.
Mrs. Nicoll started a guessing game with her FA. On paper, people signed their initials next to a number going across and up or down. If by the end of each quarter a student has one of the numbers, they win Smarties.
“I thought it would be really fun to get the girls involved. The Super Bowl has been going on for years, and I decided that the students I see every morning could take part in this.”
Students also explained their traditions.
Victoria Schulz, a junior, explained how she celebrates. “Usually me and my family goes upstate for the Super Bowl and invite our close friends to be there with us. Sometimes the Super Bowl isn’t always about the actual football game, it’s really about family and friends coming together over an American tradition.”
The first Super Bowl started in 1967, when AFL Founder Lamar Hunt jokingly proposed a championship he called the “Super Bowl.” The name was coined. Since, there have been 52 Super Bowls.
By Maggie Arpaia '18
The New York Rangers Annual Toy Drive took place on November 29 at Wollman Rink in Central Park. The event is led by former Ranger player and alumni Adam Graves. During this event, Ranger fans were able to bring in a toy to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program and to meet some beloved Ranger players.
Hundreds of fans showed up for the event with toys and jerseys, pucks, and pictures for the players to autograph.
Rangers fans and Fontbonne students Maggie Arpaia ‘18 and Allie DiNatale ‘18, went to the event.
“I think the event is such a great idea and I had a great time. The team gets to connect with fans through participating in charity which is really amazing” said DiNatalie. “Meeting Vesey and the other players were great! they were all so nice and showed how grateful they were that the fans came out and participated.”
The fans got free ice skating lessons at Wollman Rink and free face painting.
By Alexandria DiNatale '18
On November 29, the New York Rangers held a charity event with Toys for Tots at Wollman Rink in Central Park. The teams 24th annual Toys for Tots event started at 6 p.m. and ended at 8 p.m.
By donating an unwrapped toy, fans got the chance to meet current and former Rangers, ice skate with alumni, and get face painting done. Fans gathered in line as early as 3 p.m. to get a good spot.
The event started with former Ranger Adam Graves greeting fans in line and workers allowing the fans to enter a contest to win a signed item. Current Rangers Kevin Hayes, Pavel Buchnevich, and Jimmy Vesey signed items and took pictures with fans. The night ended with ice skating and hot chocolate being served.
“I’ve been coming to this event for the past few years,” says lifelong fan Cait Clifford. “It’s so nice that the team and fans come together to give back to a great charity and how the players give back to the fans by meeting them.”
The New York Rangers had off Wednesday and Thursday night. They go back to the Garden on Friday night to play the Carolina Hurricanes at 7 p.m.