At the NHL’s showcase weekend it was Port Moody’s Ryan Johansen that skated away with All-Star game MVP honours. Even though Johansen and his Team Foligno teammates lost to Team Toews 17-12 on Sunday, the 22-year-old Blue Jackets centre had four points on the night (two goals, two assists) and showed off his skills for all to see.
This performance could be a real coming out party for Johansen, who has 43 points in 45 games for Columbus this season. He also stole the show at the skills competition on Saturday night, wowing fans in the breakaway challenge.
“This weekend was definitely a confidence booster. I was very happy to be a part of the All-Star game, but it’s important not to get too high or get too low and keep that even keel,” Johansen told NHL.com.
“I felt like I was playing road hockey with my buddies and I was pretending to be Ovechkin. It’s so surreal. You never expect this to happen when you’re a kid.”
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (Anahim Lake, BC), Predators defenceman Shea Weber (Sicamous, BC), Blackhawks defenceman Brent Seabrook (Richmond, BC), and Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Burnaby, BC) were also named All-Stars and participated in the game.
Israel Fehr is a writer for BC Hockey Hub.