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'STICK KID' HAS ALL-STAR BLAST

Thursday, 01.29.2009 / 4:51 PM / Features
By Russell Brooks
Imagine getting the opportunity to go to the NHL All-Star Game in Montréal and be on the bench during the Skills Competition as a “stick kid.”

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Taylor Wedmore, a 7-year-old member of Howler’s Kids Club, got that chance through a contest held by Upper Deck cards at Jobing.com Arena.

“I got picked to be a stick kid for the All-Star Game,” said Taylor, who made the trip to Montréal for the first time in his life. Taylor and his family made the 2,600-mile journey from Phoenix after hurrying to get passports for the 57th Annual All-Star Game held last weekend.

Taylor Wedmore, a member of Howler's Kids Club, watches the All-Stars from the bench in Montreal.
As the winner of the contest, Taylor won the right to sit on the bench during the Skills Competition and meet with the All-Star participants in the dressing rooms.

“It was fun to meet the players,” said Taylor, who added that Coyotes captain Shane Doan is his favorite player.

The trek up north also enabled Taylor and his family to experience some temperatures they are not accustomed to.

“It was really cold up there,” said Woodrow Wedmore, Taylor’s father. “It was 6 degrees below Fahrenheit, and a fun experience.”

Taylor, who doesn’t play hockey, might change his mind after meeting the players and receiving an autographed Western Conference All-Star sweater.



 
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