The NHL All Star Weekend involves more than just the game played between the superstar-roster teams – and Dustin Byfuglien is hoping to show this season that some of the extra activities can yield surprising results.
The 6 foot 5, 260 lbs Byfuglien is set to participate in the fastest-skater event this weekend, where he’ll draw up against three of his Western Conference comrades to see who can complete the on-ce speed course in the shortest amount of time. He’ll be facing off against Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers, Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators, and Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche.
It doesn’t seem like an event that Byfuglien is likely to walk away from with the victory, but there’s always a surprise at the All Star Games. Last season, American-born winger Phil Kessel surprised fans when he beat out Dallas Stars centre Tyler Seguin in the fastest skater competition; this year, Byfuglien’s raw power could be what pushes him past the smaller, slighter skaters he’s up against.
In addition to competing in the fastest skater event, Byfuglien will try to help out the Western Conference in a number of other events; he’ll also be featured in the hardest shot competition and the second round of the shootout competition at the end of the day.
All the skills competitions will take place on Saturday evening at 7:00 PM EST.