Colorado Avalanche: NHL All-Star Weekend!

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 11: Olympic gold medalists Kendall Coyne #26 and Alex Rigsby #33 of the US women's national hockey team skate on the ice to participate in the ceremonial puck drop prior to the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins at the United Center on March 11, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 11: Olympic gold medalists Kendall Coyne #26 and Alex Rigsby #33 of the US women's national hockey team skate on the ice to participate in the ceremonial puck drop prior to the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins at the United Center on March 11, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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The Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon will be a highlight of this year’s NHL All-Star weekend!

NHL All-Star weekend is here! How exciting is it that our Colorado Avalanche, Nathan MacKinnon is the captain of the central division? It is his responsibility to speak on the team’s behalf and to lead his players to victory. Not only will Nathan MacKinnon be a highlight in this weekend’s events, but the skill challenge brings excitement with this year’s Women’s Elite 3-on-3 roster.

There are a lot of exciting events in store for the weekend, with six events during the All-Star skill challenge. What are you guys looking forward to the most? Fastest skater, accuracy shooting, hardest shot? How about the Women’s Elite 3-on-3?

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The Women’s Elite 3-on-3 is going to be a site to see. Not only is it going to be a great rivalry competition between the USA and Canada, but helloooo! If the obvious reason hasn’t slapped you in the face yet, let me do it for you.

This is the first event during NHL All-Star weekend to exclusively present women’s hockey. NHL supporting women in hockey is an awesome sight to see! The teams consist of elite players from the United States and Canadian national teams and will compete in two, ten minute periods.

I am pumped to watch these two teams compete, 3-on-3. The United States team has Kacey Bellamy and Lee Stecklein on defense. Kacey Bellamy is an Olympic gold medalist and two-time silver medalist. She has also won the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women’s World Championship multiple times.

Stecklein is another great defensive player and is not short on talent. Also a player for the National Women’s Hockey League, and U.S. National team, Stecklein is an Olympic gold medalist and silver medalist. She has also been the winner of the IIHF Women’s World Championship five times.

Alex Rigsby is a great goaltender. Her saves are a sight to see. She has competed in four IIHF Women’s World Championships of which gold was obtained. This season for Calgary Inferno she has one shutout game and a .921 save percentage.

The United States 3-on-3 team has seven great forwards playing during the skill challenge! Who are you guys most excited to see? It is hard to choose, after all, this is women’s elite 3-on-3. However, I think I am partial to see Kendall Coyne. That might be because she did the fastest skater competition for MacKinnon last year!

The Skills Competition Friday, January 24th is a must-see event. There will be so much talent, and who doesn’t love a good competition? However, let’s not forget to watch the ever so talented Nathan MacKinnon. He is the third overall player for the NHL with 72 points.

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This All-Star game can bring a win for the central division. I can see Nathan MacKinnon being the MVP as well. His multiple goals scored this season, as well as his assists, put him on top! He is a Colorado Avalanche. He is a captain. He is a leader, a winner, and an MVP! Let me hear it…LET’S GO AVS! LET’S GO NATHAN MACKINNON!