The 2022 NHL All-Star Game will take place on Saturday while the Skills Challenge will happen on Friday night this week. There are a bunch of competitions at the Skills Challenge, including the Hardest Shot competition. Here’s a look at the participants for this year’s event.
Update — Lightning D Victor Hedman won the Hardest Shot competition at All-Star Weekend on Friday night. Here are the full results:
1. Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning - 103.2
2. Adam Pelech, New York Islanders - 102.2
4. Timo Meier, San Jose Sharks - 100.1
NHL Hardest Shot participants
Adam Pelech, NYI
Timo Meier, SJS
Victor Hedman, TBL
Tom Wilson, WSH
All four players are familiar names for hockey fans, but Hedman and Wilson are likely the most notable. The two are the only ones among this group with Stanley Cup titles to their name. Pelech, Meier and Wilson are making their first All-Star game appearances as well, while this will be Hedman’s fourth appearance. Given the nature of the competition, it’s natural for defensemen to be in this event which makes Meier’s inclusion a bit of a surprise. Hedman is likely the betting favorite, although Wilson should be up there with him.