Recently, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the NHL was looking into making some changes to the NHL Skills Competition for the 2020 All-Star Weekend this January in St. Louis. Some events — looking at you, updated Puck Control Relay — have resulted in not exactly making players look all that great. (Who wants to try and flip the puck through small holes on a handful of lit up gates?)
One of those tweaks to the event that is being considered, per Friedman, is incorporating alumni, especially with a large number of ex-Blues still living in the St. Louis area. Last year, women’s players Renata Fast, Rebecca Johnston, Kendall Coyne Schofield, and Brianna Decker demonstrated each event before the NHL players took part. Coyne Schofield ended up stealing the show when she filled in for Nathan MacKinnon during the Fastest Skater competition. Having women’s players involved for the 2020 event seems like an obvious move after last year’s success. Working in alumni would spice it up even more, though it’s unclear yet how they would be involved, whether as full participants or team captains.
A 53-year-old Al Iafrate, skullet and all, firing pucks using one of his old KOHO wooden sticks? Al MacInnis launching lasers? Sign me up.