Rangers Chris Kreider ready to turn on jets in NHL All-Star Skills Competition

Chris Kreider NHL Skills Competition
Jan 24, 2020; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider (20) during the fastest skater competition in the 2020 NHL All Star Game Skills Competition at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL All-Star Weekend begins tomorrow with the Skills Competition followed by the Game on Saturday, February 5.

New York Rangers and NHL goal leader Chris Kreider will be representing the team for the Metro. He has 33 goals this season, 17 of those on the power play. Kreider will compete in the fastest skater competition.

In 2020, Kreider posted a 13.509 which was good for third in the competition. Islanders forward Mathew Barzal won the event with a 13.175.

NHL All-Star Weekend

The midseason game at Las Vegas has its fair share of star power among the four captains selected by fan vote. Selected to head their squads were the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin (Metropolitan Division), the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews (Atlantic), the Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon (Central) and the Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (Pacific).

Philadelphia Flyers’ Claude Giroux replaces Ovechkin as captain (COVID), and the Dallas Stars’ Joe Pavelski replaces MacKinnon as captain (injury).

All-Star Skills Competition Participants

Chris Kreider All Star
Jan 25, 2020; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Metropolitan Division forward Chris Kreider (20) of the New York Rangers battles for the puck with Atlantic Division forward Jonathan Huberdeau (11) of the Florida Panthers in the 2020 NHL All Star Game at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Skills Competition presented by DraftKings Sportsbook begins at 7:30 PM ET on Friday.

Per the NHL’s media release the winner of each competition will receive $30,000.

Verizon NHL Fastest Skater™

Participants:

  • Chris Kreider, NYR
  • Adrian Kempe, LAK
  • Kyle Connor, WPG
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov, WSH
  • Jordan Kyrou, STL
  • Dylan Larkin, DET
  • Cale Makar, COL
  • Connor McDavid, EDM

Dunkin’ NHL Save Streak™

Participants:

  • Jack Campbell, TOR
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL
  • Frederik Andersen, CAR
  • Tristan Jarry, PIT
  • Cam Talbot, MIN
  • Juuse Saros, NSH
  • Thatcher Demko, VAN
  • John Gibson, ANA

Discover NHL Fountain Face-Off™

Competition takes place on the iconic Bellagio Fountains. Players will travel by boat to the “rink” and are required to successfully shoot pucks into five targets in the least amount of time. Qualifying players move to the head-to-head final. Fountain spray and the breeze off The Strip will add to the challenge of this unprecedented NHL All-Star Skills™ event.

Participants:

  • Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA
  • Claude Giroux, PHI
  • Jordan Eberle, SEA
  • Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson
  • Roman Josi, NSH
  • Nick Suzuki, MTL
  • Zach Werenski, CBJ
  • Mark Stone, VGK

EA SPORTS NHL Hardest Shot™

Participants:

  • Adam Pelech, NYI
  • Timo Meier, SJS
  • Victor Hedman, TBL
  • Tom Wilson, WSH

adidas NHL Breakaway Challenge™

Participants:

Celebrity Goalies: Manon Rhéaume & Wyatt Russell

  • Kirill Kaprizov, MIN
  • Trevor Zegras, ANA
  • Jack Hughes, NJD
  • Alex DeBrincat, CHI
  • Alex Pietrangelo, VGK

Las Vegas NHL 21 in ’22™

Shutting down part of Las Vegas Boulevard to hang a full deck of oversized cards on a rack puts a new twist on street hockey. 21 in ’22 is a game of chance, strategy and skill. The object of the game is to achieve a hand of 21 without going bust, in the least number of shots. The player who wins two rounds is crowned Puck Shark.

Participants:

  • Nazem Kadri, COL
  • Auston Matthews, TOR
  • Joe Pavelski, DAL
  • Steven Stamkos, TBL
  • Brady Tkachuk, OTT

Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting™

Participants:

Four passers, including Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson

  • Leon Draisaitl, EDM
  • Clayton Keller, ARI
  • Rasmus Dahlin, BUF
  • Sebastian Aho, CAR
  • Jake Guentzel, PIT
  • Troy Terry, ANA
  • Johnny Gaudreau, CGY
  • Patrice Bergeron, BOS
  • Jonathan Marchessault, VGK

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