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NHL All-Star Game Is Latest Fix From Shanahan

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Hockey fans stopped caring about the N.H.L. All-Star Game long ago, so the league turned to Brendan Shanahan, its go-to guy for fixing whatever ails the game. His solution: take a page from the schoolyard pick-up handbook. Make fans wonder who will be picked first — and last.

With that twist, Shanahan may have rescued the game from its slide toward irrelevancy.

Now fans are talking about All-Star weekend, although it’s not Sunday’s game in Raleigh, N.C., that intrigues so much as the televised choosing up of sides that will take place Friday night.

“It all goes back to the schoolyard,” said Shanahan, 42 and starting his second year as a league vice president.

“It’s in the players’ hands now. I’m just sort...

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