13 Awesome GIFs from the 2015 NHL Skills Competition


The 2015 NHL Skills Competition last night in Columbus was packed with memorable moments. What do you think was the best highlight of the night? You can see some of the best in GIF form below.

Despite a 25-19 loss, captain Jonathan Toews emphasized the fun and entertainment value of the event. “As long as the fans enjoy it, I think the guys enjoyed us going out and putting on a show,” Toews said.

Zemgus Girgensons fastest skater point-of-view

Fastest Skater:

Zemgus Girgensons provided an exhilarating GoPro perspective in the Fastest Skater Competition. He showcased the incredible speed of the event. As expected, there were a lot of unique angles like this in the competition. This is something that the league teased just a few days ago when NHL stars showed off their skills using the GoPro cameras.

Alexander Ovechkin Breakaway Challenge attempt with Robert Luongo's stick

Creative Moves:

Alexander Ovechkin brought creativity to the Breakaway Challenge. He attempted to use Roberto Luongo’s goalie stick to knock the puck out of the air.

Brent Burns skates from the GoPro perspective of the puck

Unique Angles:

Brent Burns offered a unique GoPro angle while skating with the puck before the Skills Competition commenced, adding a new dimension to the viewing experience.

Filip Forsberg scores with the "Forsberg" move in the 2015 Skills Competition

Forsberg’s Flair:

Filip Forsberg displayed exceptional skill with a one-handed goal past goaltender Carey Price in the shootout.

Shea Weber wins the 2015 NHL Hardest Shot Competition

Hardest Shot:

Shea Weber dominated the Hardest Shot Competition with a 108.5 mph shot. “You never really know how hard it is until it registers,” Weber remarked. A fun hockey trivia answer for you: Did you know that Zdeno Chara holds the Hardest Shot Competition record? Chara’s shot in 2012 was 108.8 mph. Weber came that close to breaking it.

Nick Foligno, Patrick Kane. and Phil Kessel react in the 2015 NHL Skills Competition

Fun Reactions:

Phil Kessel, Patrick Kane, and Nick Foligno were awestruck by Weber’s powerful shot, showcasing the camaraderie among the players.

Jonathan Toews hits targets in the Accuracy Shooting Competition

Accuracy Shooting:

Jonathan Toews nearly went 4-for-4 in the Accuracy Shooting, but teammate Patrick Kane edged him out by hitting the fourth target in one less try.

Ryan Johansen's Breakaway Challenge goal

Hometown Hero:

Ryan Johansen enlisted the help of 7-year-old Cole Vogt, winning the Breakaway Challenge to the delight of the Columbus crowd.

Phil Kessel versus Tyler Seguin in the Fastest Skater Competition

Close Race:

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel narrowly beat Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin in the Fastest Skater Competition with times of 13.596 and 13.631 seconds, respectively.

Shea Weber in the Skills Competition player introductions

Player Introductions:

Nashville defenseman Shea Weber couldn’t contain his excitement during the player introductions, highlighting the event’s festive atmosphere.

Filip Forsberg's amazing stickhandling in the Skills Competition

Stickhandling Magic:

Filip Forsberg’s dazzling stickhandling skills were captured through a GoPro lens. This was the forward’s first NHL All-Star event.

Jakub Voracek & Johhny Gaudreau score in the Breakaway Challenge

Team Effort:

Jakub Voracek received assistance from Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames. He clearly took some inspiration from Ryan Johansen’s attempt in the Breakaway Challenge.

Mike Hoffman scores a spinning highlight-reel goal in the Breakaway Challenge

Top Goal:

Mike Hoffman scored an incredible goal during the Elimination Shootout, arguably the best goal of the competition.

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