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Thursday, 01.29.2009 / 2:51 PM MT / Features
By Russell Brooks
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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 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. is the official Web site of the Arizona Coyotes. The Arizona Coyotes and are trademarks of IceArizona Hockey Co LLC, NHL, NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL Logos and marks NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 2016 The Arizona Coyotes and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | AdChoices | Contact Us