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Dear NHL, some friendly suggestions for the All-Star format

Updated: January 25, 2008, 4:24 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

It's funny sometimes, the things you remember.

Waiting outside the dressing rooms after the 1998 All-Star Game in Vancouver, a group of us interviewed NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. The '98 contest was the first time the league -- as a tie-in to its players' participation in the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Japan -- tried the World vs. North America format.

Bettman was more defensive than any of the defensemen in the game. (That wasn't saying much, of course.) He said everyone ...

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