It is that time of year when hockey fans know that half of the NHL season is over. It’s All-Star weekend and fans are looking to see the best players in the NHL show their skills. Here are the All-Star Skills Competition Results (the winner of each event is in bold).
This is a classic All-Star Game event that has become very popular. Here, eight players try to record the fastest time by skating one lap around the rink. Each player has one attempt. Time starts when the skater crosses the starting line and each skater starts at the sound of the referee’s whistle.
Here are the results by player and team in the order they skated (in seconds):
Chris Kreider (New York Rangers) – 13.664
Adrian Kempe (Los Angeles Kings) – 13.585
Kyle Connor (Winnipeg Jets) – 13.851
Evgeny Kuznetsov (Washington Capitals) – 14.559
Jordan Kyrou (St. Louis Blues) – 13.550
Dylan Larkin (Detroit Red Wings) – 14.116
Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche) – 13.834
Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) – 13.690
Here, a total of 36 players and a minimum of four goalies participate. Each player shoots according to the NHL shootout rules and begins on the referee’s whistle. Each goalie faces players from the opposing division and each goalie’s round has to end on a goal allowed. If the goalie saves the divisional captain’s shot, he continues to face shooters, but if he doesn’t, the competition is over. The goaltender with the longest save streak wins.
This is a new event where participants traveled by boat out to the rink, shooting pucks into five targets. This must be done as quickly as possible. Eight total players competed in this event (time is in seconds). The best two times advance to the final where they hit five targets. Here were the participants, their team, division, conference and times.
Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers) 22.688
Zach Werenski (Columbus Blue Jackets) 15.163
Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers) 39.915
Nick Suzuki (Montreal Canadiens) 22.155
Roman Josi (Nashville Predators) 11.855
Jordan Eberle (Seattle Kraken) 27.934
Mark Stone (Vegas Golden Knights) 24. 916
Olympics – Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson 16.253
This event features a minimum of four players and the one with the fastest shot wins. Two attempts will be made by each player and the puck will be placed 40 feet from the center of the goals (speed is in miles per hour).
Here are the participants and their speed for each attempt:
Adam Pelech (New York Islanders) 89.4/102.2
Timo Meier (San Jose Sharks) 91.3/100.1
Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning) 102.7/103.2
Tom Wilson (Washington Capitals) 96.8/101.1
A minimum of four players and two goalies are in this event. The shooters may begin and the shooter with the highest score wins. The shooters tend to get creative and they definitely did.
Goalies were Manon Rheaume and Wyatt Russell.
Kirill Kaprisov (Minnesota Wild) represented Alexander Ovechkin by wearing his jersey, scored and earned a 47.
Trevor Zegras (Anaheim Ducks) represented “Dodgeball”, skated blind-folded and scored. He earned 58 points.
Jack Hughes (New Jersey Devils) wore a cape and top hat. He placed part of a stick, a pair of gloves and a jersey into the “magic box”. Hughes skates around the box, opens it and a mini Jack Hughes came out, did a trick and scored, earning 59.
Alex DeBrincat (Chicago Blackhawks) representing “Alan” from the movie “The Hangover” earned a 54.
Alex Pietrangelo (Vegas Golden Knights) missed, but got a second chance by “Carrot Top”, with a band coming out, but he still didn’t score. He still earned 64 since one of the judge’s gave him a 19, putting a “one” and a “nine” together. It was accepted and Pietrangelo got the win.
Las Vegas NHL 21 in ’22
Part of Las Vegas Boulevard was shut down during this new event as a full deck of oversized cards were hung on a rack. The players had to shoot at the cards, trying to total 21 points. Five participants compete in a maximum total of six rounds. The winner is determined when a player wins two rounds, being named the “Puck Shark.”
Here are the participants, their teams and their points:
Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) hit 3, 8 and King – 21
Brady Tkachuk (Ottawa Senators) 2, missed shot, 9, Queen -21
Joe Pavelski (Dallas Stars) Ace, King – 21
Nazem Kadri (Colorado Avalanche) Queen, Ace – 21
Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning) 2, 9, 2, 8 – 21
Auston Matthew – eliminated (needed an Ace, but they were off the board)
Brady Tkachuk – eliminated (needed an Ace, but they were off the board)
Joe Pavelski – Ace, King, Queen
Nazem Kadri – eliminated (missed shot, needed an Ace, but they were off the board)
Steven Stamkos (Ace, King, 4)
In this event, two players from each division, along with four passers, are involved. There are four foam targets, one in each corner of the goal post. There are two players on opposite sides of the net, alternating passes to the shooter, who is 25 feet away from the net. When all four targets are hit, time stops. The player who hits all four targets in the fastest time wins.
Here are the participants, who they represent and their times:
Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) – 36.543
Clayton Keller (Arizona Coyotes) – 18.997
Rasmus Dahlin (Buffalo Sabres) – 17.205
Sebastian Aho (Carolina Hurricanes) – 10.937
Jake Guentzel (Pittsburgh Penguins) – 12.017
Troy Terry (Anaheim Ducks) – 13.491
Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames) – 17.811
Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins) – 20.947
Jonathan Marchessault (Vegas Golden Knights) – 27.782
The 2022 All-Star Skills Competition was amazing! The All-Star game is next and it will be on at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 5th. Which division will win? Watch it to find out.
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