With six often-challenging events, inspired moments, and lightning-fast Kendall Coyne, the 2019 NHL All-Star SKills brought a wonderful mix of the expected and unexpected.
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Of course, with an event like this, it’s not just about the winners, losers, near-misses, and near-injuries. (Wipe some sweat off your brow for Miro Heiskanen, Dallas Stars fans.)
Mascots would try their hands (Paws? Hooves? Tentacles?) at various events, which of course meant that there was Gritty. There’s even an “accidental” nod to Gritty falling over … at least it seemed not-so-accidental:
(Hopefully giving Gritty all this attention doesn’t ruffle any fea–let’s move on.)
Click here for a thread of flossing. Dare I say it, but Jon Cooper’s better at it than Roman Josi, right?
Auston Matthews giving a nod to current Maple Leaf and former Shark Patrick Marleau was one of the biggest crowd-pleasing moments.
Brent Burns‘ son showed some shot-blocking prowess.
Take your pick of heartwarming moments with kiddos, honestly.
I’ve never played World of Warcraft, but this is basically what the NHL version would look like, right?
You can see it in the full highlight package, but how about we watch that Coyne lap one more time?
James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.