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|Game Skills Competition six times in his career. He has taken part in events that looked like practice drills, in which his remarkable stick-handling abilities were on display, and he has taken part in events in which he has worn Clark Kent glasses and a Superman cape before scoring a goal on his stomach.
"When I was a kid, I loved watching the skills competition. Loved watching all the events that we do," he told ESPN. "I almost wish they'd go to the old-school stuff a little bit. Like the puck relay, where you skate through all the cones, which is now part of the big relay. I think it's fun and showed off more of the skill."
The thing is, fans remember the goofy prop comedy event more than they do many of the other skills competitions. But Bill Mazeroski Authentic Jersey the players themselves aren't keen on anything that might portray them in a goofy light and force their personalities to the forefront, after years of having them stomped down by hockey culture. Hence, things such http://www.officialbuccaneersnflstore.com/YOUTH+CLINTON+MCDONALD+JERSEY as the Superman cape shootout and the All-Star Fantasy Draft were eliminated due to NHLPA gripes.
But what if the players were willing to gulp a little pride and have fun with the skills competition? We'd argue that the NHL would rope in a few more casual fans who otherwise aren't making time on a Saturday night for that passing event with the godforsaken mini-nets that no one ever hits.
Here are 10 events we'd like to see in the NHL All-Star Game Skills Competition, to multiply the fun factor:An 'American Gladiator'-style obstacle courseThe NHL currently has a Puck Control Relay, which, as Kane mentioned, features players skating a puck through other pucks and then a puck through cones http://www.knicksstoreonline.com/Charles_Oakley_Jersey and then, new this year, a puck through a gate that lights up. It's fun and all.
More fun? Seeing the NHL's best puck handlers attempt to accomplish any of this while being pummeled by those giant jousting Q-tips from "American Gladiators," wielded by opposing teams' all-stars. Hey, this is exactly how it used to be in the slot every night before the slashing crackdown.
You know who doesn't get to have fun at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition? Goalies. Sure, there's a new event this year called Save Streak, in which goalies win by making the most consecutive saves, but for the most part, they're Pavel Zacha Jersey human props for goal scorers.
(By the way, the rules of that new event allow for it to continue in perpetuity if the goalie keeps making saves. So get ready for these professional deprivers of joy to make 40 saves apiece and extend the skills competition into the early morning.)
The big switch offers a way for goalies to have fun by ... not being goalies. Let's take two goalies and two skaters from each team. The skaters strap on goalie gear. The goalies Womens Myles Turner Jersey take off their gear and become skaters. Then we have a mixed up shootout. The goalies can exhibit their surprising offensive flourish, like a pitcher in the Home Run Derby. The skaters can show us how incredibly hard it is to play goalie. Mic up everyone, and have a grand old time. Who wouldn't want to see Marc-Andre Fleury taking shootout attempts against goalie Sidney Crosby?
Here's how I'd run the event, in two parts. First, you have players stacking pucks as quickly as possible, and their creations will be judged on artistic merit by an expert. Maybe the NHL doesn't exactly have a budget for these things, but what do you think Frank Gehry's appearance fee is? hen you'd have a second component, which is a relay race in which players stack pucks on the blade of their stick and then have to skate the stack over to a bucket or some such. One point for each puck. If you want to include high-powered Super Soakers that attempt to knock the pucks off their sticks, we'd have no qualms about it.
One idea that has been kicked around the NHL offices is bringing in the best of the best in certain skills competitions to face that year's All-Stars. Have Zdeno Chara or Shea Weber as the King of the Hardest Shot or have Michael Grabner in Fastest Skater. It would get away from the divisional team showdown, but it would make the events more meaningful, as competitors battle the best of the best.Why stop there? How about importing some legendary players from the past to take part in the skills competitions they thrived in? Al MacInnis in hardest shot or Peter Forsberg in the stick handling drill or Martin Brodeur on the save streak thing? Let chants of "You've still got it!" ring though the arena.
But why stop there?! We've long argued about the inclusion of players from other leagues in the skills competition, making it less a celebration of the NHL than a celebration of hockey skills. Get Hilary Knight and Marie-Philip Poulin involved in the skills competitions, and have Noora RÃ¤ty stoning shooters in the shootout challenge. Give Casey Mittelstadt a teaser trailer in the shot accuracy competition before he becomes a star with the Buffalo Sabres. baseball jerseys custom cheap jerseys nike nfl jerseys from china jerseys wholesale cheap nfl jerseys from china