Ramblings: Skills Competition, Top Frozen Tools Searches – Varlamov, Dobson, Talbot (Feb 5)

Ian Gooding


The NHL's Skills Competition took place in Las Vegas on Friday evening. Here are the names (minus sponsors) and winners of each competition:

Fastest Skater: Jordan Kyrou

Save Streak: Jack Campbell / Andrei Vasilevskiy

Fountain Face-Off: Zach Werenski

Breakaway Challenge: Alex Pietrangelo

21 in '22: Joe Pavelski

Hardest Shot: Victor Hedman

Accuracy Shooting: Sebastian Aho

If it were up to me, Trevor Zegras would have won the Breakaway Challenge. Not just because of the Dodgeball props, but because of the sheer skill that it would take to do something like this. Highlight of the evening for me.

Honorable mention to Kirill Kaprizov with his Alex Ovechkin impersonation. I know that goal celebration irked a lot of people when it happened, but I was impressed by the creativity of it.

Having a hockey competition at the Fountains of Bellagio is not something I would have envisioned whenever I used to travel to Las Vegas (pre-kids and Covid). Heck, getting a hockey fix in Vegas used to involve getting into a cab to go from The Strip to the Orleans Hotel, then walking all the way through the hotel to get to the arena where the old Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL u