The 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend was to be a showcase for the Carolina Hurricanes, for the City of Raleigh and for the Triangle. It was long-promised by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who finally delivered, and the three-day event came to Raleigh in late January.

Who would have thought it would be nearly upstaged by the youngest All-Star of them all?

Rookie Jeff Skinner of the Hurricanes was given fawning teen-idol treatment during the All-Star Weekend.

There were long lines of autograph seekers, all clamoring to get close to the 18-year-old forward with the boyish looks and dimpled smile.