At Saturday’s All-Star Game skills competition, Dylan Larkin broke Mike Gartner’s record for fastest full-rink skate. Gartner won the competition in 1991, 1993, and then again in 1996, which was only two years before he retired from the NHL. Gartner set the record in 1996 with a lap of 13.386.
Larkin’s lap came in at 13.172, a full two-tenths of a second less.
A rookie in the Detroit Red Wings organization, Larkin is a probably Calder Trophy candidate.
He was drafted in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft at 15th overall. He played for the University of Michigan before joining the Red Wings out of training camp. A native Michigander, 19-year-old Larkin has 33 points, (currently third in all rookie scoring) with 15 goals and 18 assists. He’s currently tied for first place in the league in plus-minus with a plus-24 rating.
The skills competition continues Saturday night in Nashville, Tennessee with the Breakaway Challenge as well as other fun events, before the 3-on-3 tournament kicks off on Sunday. The skills competition pits skaters from the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference, however the tournament will pit each division against each other.