2022 NHL All-Star Skills Competition: Events, times and how to watch

In addition to some of the more recognizable elements of the NHL All-Star Skills competition that kicks off All-Star Weekend, there are a few events that take advantage of the Las Vegas spectacle. Two events will not be played on the ice of the T-Mobile Arena where the majority of the competitions take place, but around the city itself.

The first such event, the NHL Fountain Face-Off, will take place at the Bellagio Fountains as players aim to hit ranged targets around the attraction. A selection of players will be brought by boat to an ice rink set up on site.

The NHL 21 in 22 event is described as “a game of chance, strategy and skill” that puts a hockey twist on the game of Blackjack, as players attempt to hit a sequence of cards totaling 21.

How to watch

Start time: 7:30 p.m. EST / 4:30 p.m. PST
Place: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
In Canada: Sportsnet (English), VAT Sports (French)
In the USA: ESPN
Diffusion: ESPN+, NHL Live, Now

Events

fastest skater

Eight players are given a timed lap around the rink in any direction they choose. At the end, the one with the best time wins the prize.

Speakers

Chris Kreider, New York Rangers
Adrian Kempe, Los Angeles Kings
Kyle Connor, Winnipeg Jets
Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals
Jordan Kyrou, St. Louis Blues
Dylan Larkin, Detroit Red Wings
Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

save series

The only event for the goaltenders, they will face a team of breakaway shooters, trying to stop whatever they come up against. The goaltender with the longest save streak will be declared the winner, with the total number of saves serving as the tiebreaker.

Speakers

Jack Campbell, Toronto Maple Leafs
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning
Frederik Andersen, Carolina Hurricanes
Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins
Cam Talbot, Minnesota Savage
Juuse Saros, Nashville Predators
Thatcher Demko, Vancouver Canucks
John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

Face-to-face of the fountain

This one may more on the surrounding visuals than the actual event, but a group of skill players is sure to make for a good competition. This will be the first-ever event featuring a player representing the Seattle Kraken expansion.

Speakers

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Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers
Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
Jordan EberleSeattle Kraken
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, formerly Team USA
Roman Josi, Nashville Predators
Nick Suzuki, Montreal Canadiens
Zach Werenski, Columbus Blue Jackets
Mark Stone, Golden Knights of Vegas

Hardest shot

Players throw a puck as hard as they can into an empty net. Each entrant receives two shots in this event, with the player with the highest recorded speed being named the winner. Highlighting that this particular skill has been deprecated in the league in favor of more accurate shots from closer to the net, there are just four entrants this year.

Speakers

Adam Pelech, New York Islanders
Timo Meier, San Jose Sharks
Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
Tom WilsonWashington Capitals

Breakaway Challenge

This one is a pure display of offensive skill. The task of the goalkeepers is mainly to dodge the pucks that the players shoot.

Goalkeepers

Manon Rhéaume, formerly Tampa Bay Lightning/Team Canada
Wyatt Russell (actor John Walker of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series)

Speakers

Kirill Kaprizov, Minnesota Wild
Trevor Zegras, Anaheim Ducks
Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils
Alex DeBrincat, Chicago Blackhawks
Alex Pietrangelo, Vegas Golden Knights

NHL 21 in ’22

You know a guy is going to lose on a miscount in this one, so it should be fun.

Speakers

Nazem Kadri, Colorado Avalanche
Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
Joe Pavelski, Dallas Stars
Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators

precision shooting

Players shoot at targets inside the net. The timer stops when all targets have been hit.

Speakers

Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers
Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes
Rasmus Dahlin, Buffalo Sabers
Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes
Jake Guentzel, Pittsburgh Penguins
Troy Terry, Anaheim Ducks
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
Jonathan Marchessault, Vegas Golden Knights

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