The best hockey players in the National Hockey League will get to show off their talents during the 2022 NHL All-Star Skills presented by DraftKings. T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada will host this year’s skills competition, which will feature seven events featuring the NHL’s top talent and special guests. The individual winners of each competition will earn $30,000.
Special guests for this weekend’s events in Sin City include Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor Zegras, the first woman to ever play in an NHL game Manon Rhéaume, actor Wyatt Russell, 3-time Olympic medalist Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, and more to be announced.
The Events – Rules & Formats
Of the 7 events in this year’s NHL Skills competition, Verizon NHL Fastest Skater, Dunkin’ NHL Save Streak, EA NHL Hardest Shot, and Adidas NHL Breakaway Challenge are returning events. Las Vegas NHL 21 in ’22 and the Discover NHL Fountain Face-Off are two new events for this year’s contest.
Las Vegas NHL 21 in ’22 will be a hockey-themed game of Blackjack taking place on Las Vegas Boulevard. The game of chance, skill, and strategy will see players attempt to achieve a hand of 21 without going bust by shooting at a deck of oversized cards. Whichever player is able to do so in the least number of shots, at the end of two rounds, will be crowned Puck Shark.
The Discover NHL Fountain Face-Off is a skills competition that will take place from the Bellagio Fountains. Players will have to travel by boat to the “rink” and whoever is able to hit all 5 targets in the least amount of time will be crowned the winner. To make things more difficult, players will have to deal with elements such as the Fountain spray and the breeze off The Strip. Qualifying players will move on to the head-to-head final.
Check out the details of each event below.
|Event||Number of Participants||Rules||Format/Rounds|
|Discover NHL Fountain Face-Off||8||The player who successfully shoots pucks into the targets in the fastest time.||Qualifying round|
|Las Vegas NHL 21 in ’22||5||The first player who wins two rounds. A round is won by the player with the highest hand or is first to achieve 21.||6 rounds maximum|
|Verizon NHL Fastest Skater||8||The player who has the fastest time.||Each player has one attempt to record one lap around the rink.|
|Dunkin’ NHL Save Streak||4 goalie minimum|
|The goalie with the longest “save streak.”||Players from each division will shoot numerically, lowest to highest with the divisional captain shooting last. A goalie’s round ends on a goal and cannot end on a save.|
|EA NHL Hardest Shot||4 player minimum||The player who records the fastest speed wins||2 attempts per player, and the player with the on-goal shot with the highest miles per hour wins|
|Adidas NHL Breakaway Challenge||Minimum of 4 players & 2 goalies||Shooter with the highest score wins||2 attempts per skater and a panel of judges will rate each shot on a scale of 1-10|
|Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting||2 players from each division & 4 passers||The player who hits all four targets in the fastest time wins||Time stops when the player has successfully hit all targets.|
When to Watch
Hockey fans can watch all of the 2022 NHL All-Star Skills competition presented by DraftKings on Friday, February 4, at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN.
How to Watch
Cord cutters have a few different options to choose from to watch the best hockey players in the world show off their expertise in the 2022 NHL All-Star Skills competition.