Updated 11/10/2010 10:01 PM
Hockey fans vie for All-Star volunteer positions
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RALEIGH -- More than 1,400 people packed the RBC Center Wednesday night, hoping for the chance to volunteer during the NHL All-Star weekend in January.
NHL executives say it was the best volunteer turnout for an all-star event in more than ten years. Hockey fans say they're so excited about the big game coming to North Carolina that they'll do anything to be close to all the action.
“It's very rare you get to volunteer with a professional sporting event, especially in Raleigh,” said Alana Brahler, of Winston-Salem. “I think everyone's close enough by, and if they're a big enough sports fan, not even a hockey fan, that gives them a feel for the game and an appreciation for it too.”
Volunteers will be required to work at least three shifts between January 26 and 30.
The all-star weekend will include an interactive hockey theme park and the super skills competition featuring some of the best players in the NHL.
The All-Star Game itself is Sunday, January 30 at the RBC Center.