All of the great hockey player stories people talk about for years are created at the NHL All Stars Skills Competition. Who could forget Alexander Ovechkin’s crazy 2009 Breakaway Challenge genius? It took three years before another player could rival the genius with their own Superman costume and win the fan vote.
Patrick Kane had the help of Chicago Blackhawks teammate, Marian Hossa, to prep him for his Breakaway Challenge. The move was very reminiscent of Evgeni Malkin assisting Ovechkin back in 2009 with his flag hat and sunglasses. Hossa helped Kane put on a Superman cape and Clark Kent glasses. Kane swept in the first time on his belly, tossing the puck from his hand on to the end of his stick to score on Brian Elliott.
In his second attempt to prove he was “SuperKane”, the puck exploded upon contact, leaving Elliott completely stunned in front of his net, with no way to save three pieces of the puck.
Kane won the fan vote with his stint as “SuperKane”, winning 47% of the vote. Corey Perry came in second with 29% of the vote. In Perry’s challenge, he decided to drop the gloves and pull out a mini hockey stick from his pants to score on Elliott. His efforts were just as fun, but Kane was a little more extravagant.
The other big news of the night was Zdeno’s Chara setting the new record for the hardest shot. He registered a shot of 108.8 mph, beating his old record.
Team Alfredsson beat Team Chara in the Skills Competition, 21-12. Even though Team Alfredsson beat Team Chara, it was Chara’s team that ended up creating the headliner stories.
The All Star Game is set for Sunday at 4:00 p.m ET.
For the complete results of the Skills Competition, visit NHL.com.