Surging Canes goaltender Cam Ward had his peak regular season production between 2008 and 2012. Yet, Ward only received a single nod to an All-Star Team in that four season span. His biggest snub came in 2009, where he posted 39 regular season wins and six shutouts.
After leading the Canes to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2009, Ward should have been a lock for the 2010 All-Star Game, but there was no such thing thanks to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Instead, Ward got to experience the same unique honor that Skinner did in 2011, representing his team as an All-Star in his home arena. Ward, Skinner, and Staal were the last All-Stars for the Canes until the 2015 game.
The 2013 partial NHL lockout and the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics pushed aside two straight All-Star Games. However, the Canes did have a rookie taking part in the event in 2012, so the team was not held completely out of the All-Star Weekend activities for three years straight.