Carey Price was selected as number one star Saturday afternoon after the San Jose game. I know because it said so on the TV screen.
The three star selection seemed to be a bigger deal years ago than now. The game was never over until the three players skated out to the cheers and jeers of the crowd. They often made grand entrances, skated wide circles, waved and blew kisses, and it was the icing on the cake, one final drama to cap the big night. Yvan Cournoyer would come out looking like he wanted to grab a puck and go with it. Eddie Shack, on those rare occasions when he was chosen, would sometimes do pirouettes.
The three stars are still announced at games now, but TV audiences don’t always see them, especially when it’s other than Hockey Night in Canada. And many times we may not even see who was selected at all. I guess time is money, and sometimes there’s no time to show the three stars.
And why are there three stars in a hockey game? Because Imperial Oil, who sponsored Hockey Night in Canada for so many glorious years, had a brand of gasoline in the 1940’s called “Three Stars.”