It was an extremely entertaining NHL All Star weekend in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena. The skills competitions were another success this year with a big upset and some controversy.
Starting with the fastest skater competition, the favorite in Connor McDavid from the Edmonton Oilers was upset by the St. Louis Blues forward Jordan Kyrou. He was clocked at a time of 13.550 seconds. McDavid had previously won the competition three times in a row in 2017 through 2019. He finished fourth this year behind Jordan Kyrou – 13.550s, Adrian Kempe – 13.585s, and Chris Kreider – 13.664s.
In a new event, The Fountain Face-Off took place on the Bellagio fountains. The contestants had to get to the playing rink by boat and had the goal of shooting five pucks into five targets in the least time possible. Zach Werenski won with a time of 25.634 seconds in the finals against Roman Josi.
The Hardest Shot competition was won by Victor Hedman with a shot clocked at 103.2 mph. It didn’t come close to the all-time record of Zdeno Chara’s shot of 108.8 mph, however which will still stand from 2012.
The breakaway challenge usually causes the most controversy as it is a judgement decision as to who wins each year. This year, Alex Pietrangelo won with 64 points, but two others put in win-worthy performances such as Jack Hughes and Trevor Zegras, who many people thought should have won.
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