NHL All Star Weekend Events and Participants

The NHL All Star Weekend is finally here with the Skills competition taking place on Friday and the All Star Game happening on Saturday, Vegas is looking to host their first All Star Game and will be looking to make a big impression. 

Here are the events for the Skills Competition and who will be participating in them:

The Fountain Face-Off is one of two new events at the Skills Competition, in which the skaters will be taking turns shooting pucks into targets on a platform on the Fountains of Bellagio. 

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The skaters involved will be Jonathan Huberdeau, Claude Giroux, Jordan Eberle, Roman Josi, Nick Suzuki, Zach Werenski, Mark Stone and former United States women’s national team forward Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson. 

Along with the Fountain Face-Off, the second new event being showcased in Vegas is the NHL 21 in ‘22. The event is a twist on the popular card game blackjack, where the skaters will be shooting pucks at an oversized deck of cards and try to get 21 without going bust. This event will be taking place on the streets of the Las Vegas Strip.

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In this competition will be Nazem Kadri, Auston Matthews, Joe Pavelski, Steven Stamkos and Brady Tkachuk.

We’ll see how these two new competitions will turn out as hopefully they return in some form in the future.

These two competitions will also be joined by five competitions taking place inside the T-Mobile Arena. They include the Fastest Skater, Breakaway Challenge, NHL Save Streak, Accuracy Shooting and the Hardest Shot.

In the Adidas Breakaway Challenge, skaters will be judged by a panel of celebrities as they try to be as creative as possible and score on a breakaway. This will be the first time this event has been held since 2016.

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The players taking part in this event will be: Kirill Kaprizov, Trevor Zegras, Jack Hughes, Alex DeBrincat and Alex Pietrangelo

In the Verizon NHL Fastest Skater competition players will be timed as they skate around the rink to be determined the NHL’s fastest skater. The players participating in this event are Chris Kreider, Adrian Kempe, Kyle Connor, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Jordan Kyrou, Dylan Larkin, Cale Makar and Connor McDavid.  

McDavid is coming into this event as a three-time winner but was beaten out by Islanders forward Mathew Barzal in the 2020 Games. 

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In the Dunkin’ NHL Save Streak competition, eight goalies will compete to have the longest running save streak going. The goalies participating are Jack Campbell, Andrei Vasilevskiy, Frederik Andersen, Tristan Jarry, Cam Talbot, Juuse Saros, Thatcher Demko and John Gibson.

One of the more notable events in the competition is the EA SPORTS NHL Hardest Shot competition where four skaters will have three attempts to shoot the hardest shot. Former winners of the event include Zdeno Chara and Shea Weber. 

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Adam Pelech, Timo Meier, Victor Hedman and Tom Wilson will be the skaters taking part in the competition. Will any of these guys be able to top the record setting pace set by Chara and Weber?

The final competition is the Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting competition which will feature the remaining nine skaters as they are passed the puck to in the slot and they will have to hit the five targets on the video board in front of the net. The one who does it the most efficiently and accurately will win. 

Taking part in the event will be  Leon Draisaitl, Clayton Keller, Rasmus Dahlin, Sebastian Aho, Jake Guentzel, Troy Terry, Johnny Gaudreau, Patrice Bergeron and Jonathan Marchessault.

The Skills Competition will start at 7:30 p.m. EST and will be shown on ESPN, Sportsnet and TVA Sports and the All-Star Game will start at 3 p.m. EST on ABC and Sportsnet.


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