Wayne Simmonds' first All-Star weekend after a nine-year NHL career was strange enough. Having Wayne Gretzky for a coach made it even more surreal.
And after he scored the tiebreaking goal to become the All-Star Game MVP in his former home city, the Philadelphia forward could only think of one word for his West Coast trip.
"Weird," Simmonds said with a grin.
Indeed, the 3-on-3 format of this revamped midseason showcase can lead to weird hockey. It also allows the game's biggest stars to create moments of offensive beauty, and Simmonds' winner with Taylor Hall certainly qualified.
Simmonds completed his hat trick with 4:58 to play, and fill-in coach...