What they say

February 1, 2011 

"I've been going to All-Star Games since 1990. This is the best All-Star weekend I've ever attended. ... it was fantastic."

Pierre McGuire, commentator for Canadian sports TV network TSN

"The people here were nice to the players the whole weekend. I was at the one in Montreal, and I knew a little of what to expect. This was great. The city treated us very well and we had a lot of fun."

Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman

"College sports are big here, enormous really, but the NHL and the Carolina Hurricanes were able to chisel a distinctive moment for the sport in an area that has only been home to hockey for 14 years."

Damien Cox, columnist, Toronto Star

"This is what it looks like when it works. The Hurricanes are the perfect picture of a hockey franchise taking root in a nontraditional market and flourishing into an institution that feels like it has been here forever."

Craig Custance, The Sporting News

"The Triangle region of North Carolina faced the challenges of holding an All-Star Game - the diffuse nature of the area, the distance of the arena from the modest Raleigh downtown - and stared them down with a smile. This wasn't Montreal 2009 - it was some 60 or so degrees warmer, for one thing - but it was the next best thing, a reminder that hockey can have universal appeal."

Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated.com

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