Mitch Marner will compete in the Breakaway competition at the All-Star game

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Jon Steitzer
1 year ago
The NHL today announced who will be participating in each of the skills competition and Mitch Marner will be in the breakaway competition facing off against Roberto Luongo.
Great Clips NHL Breakaway Challenge™
Celebrity goaltender: Roberto Luongo
Mitchell Marner, TOR
Alex Ovechkin, WSH/Sidney Crosby, PIT (teaming up)
David Pastrnak, BOS
Matthew Tkachuk, FLA
It will be interesting to see how long Mitch looks around for someone to pass to while heading in on Luongo. (I kid, I kid. Do you think I’m upset the Leafs have one of the best playmakers in the league?)
The fact is Mitch Marner is an incredibly creative player and this event is very much suited for that and his goofy personality. The event will certainly have some other fun aspects to it as the Crosby/Ovechkin team up should raise an eyebrow, Pastrnak isn’t immune to having fun, and the same can be said of Marner’s former London Knights teammate and local entrant Matthew Tkachuk. If you remember anything about this event, bet your house on Tkachuk getting the win.
We’ve already seen Jack Hughes go the magic route with this event previously, so Marner might not be able to go with his “Magician” nickname angle on this one. We can only hope it also doesn’t involve him wearing his goofy ass hat he’s prone to arriving at the arena in.
Part of me expected Marner to be in the dunk tank event, but he dodged that one.
Here is the full list of event participants from the NHL’s press release:
Upper Deck NHL Fastest Skater™
Dylan Larkin, DET
Kirill Kaprizov, MIN
Cale Makar, COL
Chandler Stephenson, VGK
Andrei Svechnikov, CAR
Discover NHL Tendy Tandem™
Eight goaltenders will participate in this event, with one goalie from each division designated the shooting goalie and one the in-net goalie. The shooting goalies will earn points based on the accuracy of their shots at the net, and the in-net goalies will face rushes of three, two or one player(s), based on the number of points earned by the shooting goalie in their tandem.
Shooters: Alex Carpenter, Hilary Knight, Emily Clark, Rebecca Johnston, Sarah Nurse
Connor Hellebuyck, WPG
Juuse Saros, NSH
Igor Shesterkin, NYR
Stuart Skinner, EDM
Ilya Sorokin, NYI
Logan Thompson, VGK
Linus Ullmark, BOS
Andrei Vasilevskiy, TBL
Enterprise NHL Splash Shot™
Competition takes place on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The ocean spray, breeze and sand add to the challenge of this exceptional Skills event, as four pairs of players fire at targets to attempt to dunk their opponents.
Sidney Crosby, PIT
Nathan MacKinnon, COL
Mikko Rantanen, COL
Cale Makar, COL
Igor Shesterkin, NYR
Adam Fox, NYR
Brady Tkachuk, OTT
Matthew Tkachuk, FLA
Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting™
Aleksander Barkov, FLA
Leon Draisaitl, EDM
Kevin Hayes, PHI
Jack Hughes, NJD
Nazem Kadri, CGY
Nikita Kucherov, TBL
Connor McDavid, EDM
Brock Nelson, NYI
Artemi Panarin, NYR
Vladimir Tarasenko, STL
Chipotle NHL Pitch ‘n Puck™
Using a combination of hockey and golf shots, four NHL All-Stars will play a par 4 featuring an island green. Lowest score wins the Chipotle NHL Pitch ‘n Puck.
Johnny Gaudreau, CBJ
Clayton Keller, ARI
Jason Robertson, DAL
Nick Suzuki, MTL
GEICO NHL Hardest Shot™
Rasmus Dahlin, BUF
Seth Jones, CHI
Josh Morrissey, WPG
Alex Ovechkin, WSH
Elias Pettersson, VAN
The events will take place Friday night.

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