NWHL 2019 All-Star Weekend Huge Success!

NWHL All-Stars 2019

 

This past weekend (9-10th February) saw the National Women’s Hockey League 2019 All-Star Weekend take place in front of a sold out crowd in Nashville, and what a weekend it was! For those that missed this historical display of skill and determination, you can watch the Skills Competition and All-Star Game below!

Don’t have enough time to watch these incredible events? Keep reading below for our highlights of the entire weekend!

Skills Competition (Feb. 9, Ford Ice Center, Nashville)

 

All-Star Game (Feb. 10, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville)

 

NWHL All-Star Teams

This year’s teams taking part in the NWHL All-Star weekend consisted of Team Stecklein vs Team Szabados, with Lee Stecklein (Minnesota Whitecaps) and Shannon Szabados (Buffalo Beauts) captains of their respective teams.

 

Team Stecklein

 

Team Szabados

 

All-Star Skills Challenge

Nashville’s sold out crowd got their first look at the elite talents of the NWHL on Saturday at the All-Stars Skills Challenge, and nearly half a million viewers tuned in on twitter to watch the action!

 

One of the most anticipated moments of the night was the return of Kendall Coyne Schofield of the Minnesota Whitecaps and US National Team to the Fastest Skater competition. Two weeks ago Schofield made history as the first woman to take part in the NHL All-Star Weekend and compete in the NHL’s Fastest Skater Competition. Schofield clocked an impressive 14.346 seconds in the competition, less than a second behind the winner Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) with 13.378 seconds.

 

The Fastest Skater Challenge resulted in a showdown between Kendall Coyne Schofield and her Whitecaps teammate Allie Thunstrom who alongside being a hockey player is a competitive speed skater. The matchup was close, but Schofield won in a blazing 13.9 seconds!

 

The Hardest Shot Challenge was won by Blake Bolden (Buffalo Beauts) who won this competition in Pittsburgh two years ago before playing a season in Europe and upon her return this season reclaimed her title with a slap shot reaching 80mph!

 

The Trick Shot Challenge showed off some of the most awesome skill and creativity of half a dozen of NWHL’s best and the crowd were the deciders of the winner with fans choosing Team Szabados as the victors. Some of the highlights of the Trick Shot competition saw Team Szabados perform the Flying V, made famous by the Mighty Ducks movie franchise and Team Stecklein’s Emily Fluke (Connecticut Whales) wore a cowboy hat for her attempt, scoring after throwing her hat at Shannon Szabados (Buffalo Beauts) in net.


 

It was Team Stecklein who managed to win the Go for Goal Shootout Relay!

 

Fastest Goalie Challenge was won by Nicole Hensley (Buffalo Beauts) after going up against fellow Buffalo Beauts goalie Shannon Szabados.

 

The Accuracy Shooting Challenge was also won by a Buffalo Beaut, Dani Cameranesi, finishing in just over 12 seconds!

 

All-Star Game

Following on from Saturdays Skills Competition, Team Szabados and Team Stecklein went head to head on Sunday in the NWHL All-Star game. Captain Lee Stecklein looked to rally her team to fight for the win after losing out in the Skills Challenge to Team Szabados.

The NWHL All-Star game consisted of two 25-minute halves.

The teams took to the ice at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, after the Nashville Predators vs St. Louis Blues game, where the crowd welcomed the players in true Predators tradition – by launching a catfish onto the ice just before the opening faceoff!

Attendance for the game was the largest crowd to watch a professional women’s hockey game in the United States with 6,120. An impressive new record!

 

Team Szabados’ Audra Richards, leading goal scorer for the Metropolitan Riveters with eight goals this season so far, opened the scoring at 15:18 of the first half.

 

Team Szabados took a 2-0 lead into halftime thanks to a late goal by Katerina Mrazova of the Connecticut Whale.
Team Stecklien finally made it onto the board in the second half when Lisa Chesson of the Buffalo Beauts scored to make it 2-1

 

Team Stecklein continued to fight from behind and at 13:18 into the second half, Emily Fluke was able to score from a pass across from Allie Thunstrom (Minnesota Whitecaps).

 

With 2 minutes left of the game a break away play from Hannah Brandt (Minesota Whitecaps) was a chance for Team Stecklein to take the lead, however Katie Burt’s (Boston Pride) quick glove saved Team Szabados from upset and the game ended 2-2 taking this down to a shootout!

 

Unfortunately for Team Stecklein, it was a winning weekend for Shannon Szabados as Team Szabados won the All-Star Game 3-2.  In a nail bitingly close game, which came down to a single goal difference in the Shootout, Szabados was awarded MVP honours! Hopefully this kind of record breaking event can help promote Women’s hockey all around the World. 

 
All-Stars Merch

There is still time to get your hands on NWHL 2019 All-Stars Merchandise. They have everything from T-shirts, Hoodies/ Jumpers, Hats and you can even pick up a Replica Jersey of your favourite team!