The 2012 NHL All-Star Skills Competition opened with one of the most exciting events — the fastest skater competition — and it proved to be a coming out party for Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin.
The contest consisted of five races, (two players skating at one time) plus one final race featuring the fastest skater from each team. In the end, it was Hagelin defeating fellow rookie Colin Greening (Ottawa) in impressive fashion.
Kris Letang (Team Alfredsson) def. Brian Campbell (Team Chara)
Jonathan Quick (Team Alfredsson) def. Jimmy Howard (Team Chara)
Carl Hagelin (Team Alfredsson) def. Colin Greening (Team Chara)
Phil Kessel (Team Chara) def. Keith Yandle (Team Alfredsson)
Erik Karlsson (Team Alfredsson) def. Marian Hossa (Team Chara)
Hagelin and Greening had the two fastest individual times (Hagelin 12.963, Greening 12.993) — both advance to final.
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Hagelin won the final with a time of 13.218.