Richard Dean Anderson is proof that even celebrities get s
ANNE M. PETERSON
Jan. 19, 1997
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Richard Dean Anderson is proof that even celebrities get starstruck.
Anderson, known from his days as television's ``MacGyver,'' has been taking part in many of the festivities surrounding the NHL All-Star Game, including the celebrity game Saturday afternoon.
He admits he's a bit in awe of the players he has met.
``It's every little boy's dream come true,'' he said.
Anderson, not a bad skater himself, had two goals and an assist in the celebrity exhibition.
SCORING BUZZ: Orland Kurtenbach, who played for 13 seasons in the NHL, still gets a rush from scoring a goal _ even though it has been a while.
``I score one every 30 years,'' he noted after getting a goal in the NHL's Heroes of Hockey old-timer's game Friday night.
``It's always a nice feeling, especially on an occasion like this where I'm playing with my peers and people I've respected so much over the years,'' he said.
Kurtenbach played for the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks and also coached Vancouver from 1976-78.
The Heroes of Hockey game, between former California players and other NHL alumni, was held Friday night. Kurtenbach played for the NHL heroes, who beat California 4-3.
FANS GALORE: At the halfway point of the season, the NHL said attendance is up 5.2 percent over last season.
An average 16,298 fans attended each game this season, filling arenas to 91.4 percent of capacity. At the All-Star break last season, the NHL averaged 15,493 fans per game and arenas were filled to 88.3 percent of capacity.
The San Jose Sharks have sold out the San Jose Arena for all 22 home games this season, extending their sellout streak to 106 consecutive games.
Last season's Stanley Cup finalists, the Colorado Avalanche and the Florida Panthers, also have sold out all of their home games so far this season, the NHL said.