Goddamn it NHL. I praise you for the all the good you did with the incredible GoPro video and you show me your appreciation by giving me another underwhelming year of the trick shot shootout. While that video showcased all aspects of what make NHL players phenomenal athletes, this snooze worthy portion of the skills competition was such an obviously attempt at pandering to a wider audience. An absolutely awful attempt might I add. You could have basically put any old schmuck who has every played hockey in his life and he would have had a chance at winning. Alexander Ovechkin was three sheets to the wind (I'm pretty sure he used the fourth sheet to clean up his puke in the locker room) and didn't look out of place while wildly swinging his stick at an airborne puck and missing by about 10 feet. Let's put it in perspective. The most impressive shot taken during the event came at the hands of a 7 year old and only entertaining portion was Johnny Gaudreau giving his best impersonation of a 7 year old. I was watching some of the most talented players the NHL has to offer and the only thing I was in awe of was the absurdity and pointlessness of it all. Show me NHL players doing NHL player things. I don't need trick shots to enjoy the vast amount of skills that these athletes possess. Especially when they overdo it and rarely complete the move to begin with.
More of this…..
Less of this….
And for the love of God, will someone get this guy a hair piece? He's one eating disorder away from looking like the crypt keeper.