NHL | A second 10-game losing streak this season for the Sharks https://t.co/w5SGYJXCRO
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) January 5, 2024
The league has chosen one representative per team, and Seattle’s Oliver Bjorkstrand has been selected for the occasion. The forward boasts 29 points (11 goals) in 39 games, and the Kraken organization decided to surprise him by announcing that he had been voted an All-Star this season.
That’s quite an honor for any NHL player… But when Bjorkstrand heard the news, he didn’t look like the happiest guy in the world.
You can see in his face that he really wasn’t expecting this when his coach Dave Hakstol told him the news:
– Arcadio Marcuzzi (@_marcuzzi) January 5, 2024
It’s a well-known fact: the guys who don’t take part in the event mostly use it to recharge their batteries. We often see photos of players traveling or with their families because it’s one of the rare moments in the season when they’re able to unwind.
He joked a bit that his wife didn’t have the best reaction to the news… And he even posted a photo showing the cancellation of his Airbnb.
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Bjorkstrand seems to have taken a step back to digest it all and says it’s an honor, to be able to represent the Kraken at the All-Star Game.
He could have decided not to go… But he would have been suspended by the NHL, which isn’t ideal.
That said, Seattle should perhaps have saved themselves a little embarrassment before publishing the video of him learning the news… Because you can really feel the discomfort in the discussion.
It seems to me that it wouldn’t go down well in Montreal, if Nick Suzuki had had the same reaction.
– The Sharks are in trouble.
– Things are going well in Florida.
Florida Panthers have won 6 in a row, they are 2 pts back of Boston for 1st in the Atlantic. #TimeToHunt
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) January 5, 2024
– Hopefully it’s not too bad.