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13 awesome GIFs from the 2015 NHL Skills Competition

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

There were a lot of awesome highlights from the NHL Skills Competition last night in Columbus. You can see some of the best in GIF form below. What do you think was the moment of the night? 

"As long as the fans enjoy it, I think the guys enjoyed us going out and putting on a show," captain Jonathan Toews said after the competiton despite his team losing by a score 25-19. "It changes the pace a little bit." 

The GoPro perspective of Zemgus Girgensons in the Fastest Skater Competition. That looks super fast. 

Alexander Ovechkin tries to use Roberto Luongo's goalie stick to knock the puck out of the air during the Breakaway Challenge. 

A very unique GoPro angle of Brent Burns skating with the puck before the commencement of the Skills Competition. Out of all of the different types of GoPro cameras and angles that have been used, this one has been my favourite. 

Filip Forsberg goes one-hand and tucks the puck past goaltender Carey Price for a great shootout goal. Scroll down to see him put on a stickhandling show in the Relay Challenge. 

Shea Weber wins the Hardest Shot Competition registering a shot at 108.5 mph. 

"You never really know how hard it is until it registers," Weber said. "It's different, too. In a game you don't really see that. Guys don't skate right into a puck and take a slap shot. Guys are one-timers or standing still and taking it in different situations." 

Phil Kessel, Patrick Kane, and Nick Foligno react to Weber's cannon which was the second fastest in Skills Competition history only 0.3 behind Zdeno Chara's record. 

Jonathan Toews destroys some targets and nearly goes 4-for-4 in the Accuracy Shooting. He was beat by teammate Patrick Kane who was able to hit the fourth target on one less try. 

Ryan Johansen gets some assistance from 7-year-old Cole Vogt. Johansen went on to win the Breakaway Challenge in front of the hometown Columbus crowd. 

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel (13.596) narrowly beats out Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin (13.631) in the Fastest Skater Competition. 

Nashville defenseman Shea Weber can barely even contain his emotions during the player introductions. 

Filip Forsberg puts his amazing stickhandling on display through the lens of a GoPro. This was the Nashville forward's first ever NHL All-Star event.

After Johansen's attempt, Jakub Voracek got some help of his own, this time from Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames. 

Mike Hoffman scores an incredible goal during the Elimination Shootout. Probably the best goal of the competition. 

Video: Nikita Gusev scores an amazing lacrosse-style goal

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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While the NHL Skills Competition featured some hilarious and creative goals, none were quite as spectacular as this amazing goal by Nikita Gusev in the KHL Skills Competition. 

The 22-year-old picked up the puck with his stick between his legs, and then put it past the goalie on a spinning lacrosse-style move. Perfectly executed! 

Brian Elliot takes a selfie during NHL Skills Competition

Posted on January 24, 2015 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Goaltender Brian Elliot pulled out his phone and took a selfie in the middle of a Breakaway Challenge attempt by teammate Vladimir Tarasenko. He posted the photo to social media soon after (see it below) with the caption: "#NHLAllStar game Selfie!!!!" 

It currently has 20K retweets and favourites on Twitter. With that in mind, I wonder what the most popular Tweet by an NHL player is? 

Team Foligno went on to win the Skills Competition over Team Toews by a score of 25-19. 

GIF: Max Domi scores unbelievable goal in the OHL

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

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Max Domi has scored one of the best hockey goals you'll probably ever see. In some OHL action, the London Knights forward flipped the puck in the air over a diving goaltender and then tapped it into the net to give his team a 5-1 lead. Shades of Peter Schaefer.

The amazing goal looks like it was initially overshadowed by the 2015 NHL All-Star Draft (which was on around the same time). But, it's quickly making it's way around social media now.

Domi doesn't even have any NHL experience yet but he already has two ridiculous plays under his highlight-reel. If you haven't seen his through-the-legs saucer assist to Bo Horvat, you can check that out below.

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Video: NHL players show off their skills with GoPros

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

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The National Hockey League appears as though they are taking another step forward in the utilization of GoPro cameras. Today, they released this amazing GoPro captured footage of NHL stars showcasing their talent.

In case you didn't already know, the league partnered with GoPro in September so they could deliver cool videos like this regularly.

Hockey fans have already been able to see some amazing point-of-view footage over the past few months through the Rogers Ref Cam (which is basically a GoPro mounted onto an official's helmet).

But this latest video, unlike the others, features some of GoPro's more advanced cameras, including the GoSwivel.

For the upcoming weekend's all-star festivites, the NHL will be delivering even more content like this. Many of the players will be wearing these for the Skills Competition on Saturday, and the All-Star Game on Sunday. I can't wait!

Barry Trotz unhappy with officiating (Ref Cam)

GIF: Nick Bonino spins and scores a great goal

Posted on January 15, 2015 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

With the score tied at zero, Nick Bonino gave Vancouver a one-goal advantage after deking out defenseman Michael Del Zotto with a nifty forehand spin move and sniping the puck past Ray EmeryPhiladelphia currently trails 4-0.

I don't think it's a "candidate for goal of the year" as the club is putting it, but probably the highlight-of-the-night. 

Video: Referee Brad Watson forgets that Atlanta is no longer an NHL team during a goal call

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

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In the first period as the Anaheim Ducks played host to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Honda Center, veteran NHL referee Brad Watson accidentally referred to Anaheim as "Atlanta" while making a goal call. He corrected himself right away after realizing his mistake. 

The Atlanta Flames were relocated to Calgary in 1980 and the Atlanta Thrashers were relocated to Winnipeg in 2011. In fact, Atlanta is the only city in NHL history to get relocated twice. Definitely one of the funniest moments of this NHL season.

Video: NHL stars surprise sledge hockey team

Posted on January 6, 2015 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

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Sidney Crosby, Claude Giroux, Ryan Miller, Nathan MacKinnon, Scott Hartnell, and Logan Couture all recently surprised the Cruisers Hockey Team and played in a sledge hockey scrimmage with them for a Gatorade video.

My favourite part of the video is when the players initially reveal themselves. Can you imagine how insane it would be to turn your head and see six NHL superstars skating towards you and challenging you to a game? I think I'd have a reaction similar to the kid in this commercial.

GIF: Carolina defenseman Andrej Sekera helps Philadelphia forward Claude Giroux get into the tunnel after his injury

Posted on January 2, 2015 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

During the third period between Carolina and Philadelphia tonight, Flyers forward Claude Giroux was cut in the left leg by Justin Faulk's skate. While being helped off the ice by his teammates and the medical staff, a classy gesture was made by opposing player Andrej Sekera

Sekera stepped up and helped Giroux make his way to the tunnel, by allowing him to lean on his shoulder. I don't think I've ever seen that before. 

Initially, the injury appeared to be very serious. But luckily, Giroux escaped with just a laceration. He is probable for tomorrow's game.

"I got lucky there," Giroux said. "I don't know what to say. I'm just happy I'm good."

Video: Top Ten Almost NHL Goals

Posted on January 1, 2015 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

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I spent some time compiling a countdown of the best "Almost Goals" from NHL action over the last ten years. Any play that left a fan in awe, created a good scoring chance, but did not convert for a goal, qualified for this title. Here's the finished product. Did I miss anything?


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