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Meier on All-Star Goal, DeBoer’s Hangover, Favorite Souvenirs



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After an exciting few days in Las Vegas, Timo Meier is leaving with plenty of new memories.

For Meier, the weekend was all about the experience.

“It was fun. Coming in, I didn’t know what to expect. A great group of guys from all around the show and all that stuff, it was amazing. Had a lot of fun being out there,” he said. “Too bad we lost, but definitely a really cool experience.”

Scoring the Pacific Division’s first goal and tallying an assist on the goal that tied them — temporarily — with the Metropolitan Division was a quality first outing as an NHL All-Star. Meier finished with a goal and an assist in a 6-4 knockout tournament loss.

The Metropolitan Division ultimately walked away the champions of the 2022 All-Star Game following dominant performances against the Central Division team in the final game of the afternoon.

Speaking of experiences, Timo Meier shared a quick thought about former San Jose Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer’s reported trouble, umm, focusing on today’s action.

“I don’t know, but we’re in Vegas so I’m sure guys are having fun,” Meier smiled, “but it was fun having him behind the bench. He was great, made some funny jokes, so we had a blast.”

However, Meier didn’t share any of the jokes because he couldn’t remember all of them. Was it the excitement of the game, or did Meier experience some of that mind fog as well? Who knows, but hey, at least everyone had a good time.

Meier doesn’t have one specific favorite moment from the weekend, but chatting with some of the guys during the Skills Competition on Friday was a moment he definitely will look back on for years to come. Seeing old friends like former San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski and countryman Roman Josi was nice too, but Meier was looking forward to seeing everybody.

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“Meeting so many guys and being around faces you’ve never met,” Meier said of his favorite memories of the weekend. “Just getting insight on them and chatting. Being out there, doing some fun stuff, I’ll cherish this moment forever.”

He’s also bringing home a couple of souvenirs to help keep the memories alive, including his jersey and a stick he had signed by all of the guys. Through it all, Meier maintained that the memories were the most important thing for him from his time in Vegas.

“There’s definitely some souvenirs you’re going to bring home, but it’s the moments you won’t forget.”

The fans can say what they will about the All-Star Game, but the Sharks All-Star had some praise for the weekend’s production.

“All around, they did a fantastic job with the show on the ice and all the stuff around.”

His plan now that his All-Star experience is finished? Go on a quick vacation and get some rest before the Sharks return to practice later in the week.

“Still have to do some stuff off the ice and stay in shape,” he shared, “but it’s going to be nice to turn off the brain for a couple days.”

Timo Meier and the San Jose Sharks return to action on Feb. 14, taking on the Edmonton Oilers at home.

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