Despite 31 points and a plus-26 rating, Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman will not be at Sunday’s 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal.
But he’s fine with that.
“I guess I didn’t really think about it,” Wideman replied when asked this week about the snub. “The guys that are on there deserve to be there and it’s a great accomplishment for the guys that made it and they played really well. I think every guy that’s on there is deserving of being there.”
He’s tied for eighth among NHL blueliners in points and tops in plus/minus, so Wideman is definitely just as deserving. His progression from a bottom-of-the depth chart defenseman to the Bruins’ No. 2 has continued this year where it left off last season. And one national columnist even lauded Wideman with the half-season Norris Trophy. But as much as Wideman has matured on the ice, he’s grown up off it as well. And part of that is a humbleness that won’t allow him to brag about his emergence as one of the league’s upper-echelon defenders. (more…)