David Pastrnak already has proven himself as one of the NHL’s shooting stars on the ice. Now, he must do so off it.
Stay with us on this one.
The Boston Bruins right wing has entered the Gatorade NHL Shooting Stars event at the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills competition, the league announced Thursday. Pastrnak will be one of 10 players vying to reign as the brightest of the shooting stars by winning a newly created event that is bound to be one of the most spectacular of the weekend.
Here’s an overview, per NHL.com:
Players will be positioned on an elevated platform behind the goal, approximately 30 feet above the ice surface, where they will shoot pucks at a variety of targets located on the ice, with each target possessing different point values. One at a time, each player will attempt seven shots and earn points for each target hit.
We're just hours away from the first-ever @Gatorade Shooting Stars challenge! 🌟
— NHL (@NHL) January 24, 2020
Here’s a full list of participants, per NHL.com:
Women’s Elite All-Star (CAN) — TBD
Women’s Elite All-Star (USA) — TBD
David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins
Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary Flames
Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators
David Perron, St. Louis Blues
Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues
Mitchell Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs
Pastrnak leads the NHL in goals at the All-Star break with 37. He’ll earn $30,000 if he wins the NHL Shooting Stars competition.
The NHL skills competition will begin at 8 p.m. ET on Friday at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
Pastrnak also will captain the Atlantic Division team at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game, which will begin at 8:15 p.m. ET, on Saturday.
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