All Brock Boeser got out of the weekend was $450,000 in contractual bonuses, $125,000 in prize money, a new car and a priceless puppy. Other than that, the National Hockey League’s All-Star Break in Tampa was a waste of his time. The Vancouver Canucks’ 20-year-old rookie returned to work Tuesday seemingly unchanged by his growing fame and fortune. His sister, Jessica, is getting the new Honda that Boeser won Sunday as the all-star game MVP. His mom, Laurie, is fostering the Shepherd-Husky pup, adopted by Boeser from the Humane Society, to look after while Brock finishes the hockey season. “Just stole my heart; I’m going to be honest,” Boeser said of the dog. “My family has a few dogs. I wanted a dog this summer. I guess I got it a little early. My mom took it home from Minnesota. I think we’re going to name it Coola.” And all that extra money is going into an account somewhere. “Yeah, it’s crazy,” Boeser said Tuesday. “I don’t even think about that anymore.” It will all seem like allowance money, anyway, when Boeser signs his second NHL contract either this summer or next for something in the $8-million range. The rookie winger from the University of North Dakota is going to be a star. His appearance in Tampa alongside Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos, Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews simply reinforced this idea. Boeser had 24 goals in 46 games, before the Canucks’ Tuesday night contest against the Colorado Avalanche to earn the all-star invitation that allowed him to become the first rookie MVP in the showcase event. He won the target-shooting contest on Saturday despite unusually sweaty palms, then had two goals and an assist as Team Pacific won the three-on-three main event on Sunday.
As all-star weekend proved, Canucks’ Brock Boeser is going to be a star
Sportsnet | Jan 30