With an afternoon to spare not even 30 miles outside of Manhattan, Carolina Hurricanes All-Star Sebastian Aho and All-Star hopeful Teuvo Teravainen headed into the city for a visit at the NHL offices.
Commissioner Gary Bettman hosted a brief, informal chat with Aho and Teravainen to begin the afternoon.
Next up on the tour of the league offices: the newsroom, where both Aho and Teravainen chatted with NHL.com writers for upcoming stories.
Aho, of course, picked all of the Finns in the running, including his teammate.
Teravainen also picked all of the Finns in the running, but also gave a nod to former teammates Jeff Skinner and Jonathan Toews in the Atlantic and Central Divisions, respectively.
When it got to the Metropolitan Division? “I don’t want to talk about this one,” he joked. “It’s fun that fans can vote someone in.”
NHL social was up next, as Aho and Teravainen took turns answering fan-submitted questions on Instagram.
It was then time for Teravainen to head downstairs to the NHL Store, where he recorded an interview that aired later that afternoon on NHL Network.
Back upstairs, Aho finished recording “liners” for the NHL’s international markets, including Finland and China. Teravainen then did the same.
“Yeah, I might have to take a couple,” he said with a smile while reading over the script on the teleprompter.
But, he nailed it. “Ni hao! This is Teuvo Teravainen of the Carolina Hurricanes,” he said to the camera.
Before leaving the city, the Finnish duo stopped by the NHL Store downstairs to sign some pucks, hats and other memorabilia.
And with that, it was back to Long Island.