Two NHL All-Star Skills Competitions To Take Place On The Vegas Strip This Weekend

Written By Marc Meltzer on February 3, 2022 - Last Updated on February 7, 2022
T-Mobile Arena and Vegas Strip For NHL All-Star Skills Compeition

The NHL All-Star Game is taking place in Las Vegas for the first time. The game itself will be played at the home of the Vegas Golden Knights NHL team: T-Mobile Arena. The arena is located behind New York-New York and Park MGM casinos on the Vegas Strip. The game will take place on Saturday, Feb. 5 at noon (PT).

NHL Fan Fair begins on Thursday at the Las Vegas Convention Center and will continue until the day after the game. The NHL Skills competition will take place on Friday, Feb. 4, both inside T-Mobile Arena and outside on the Vegas Strip. This event will air on ESPN at 4:30 p.m. (PT).

Las Vegas provides an amazing backdrop for special events, and NHL All-Star Weekend is no different. There will be two very Vegasy Skills Competition events.

The NHL Fountain Face-Off will take place right on the stunning Fountains of Bellagio.

The Las Vegas NHL 21 in 22 will take place on the Strip. Both offer a unique Las Vegas experience for everyone involved, from players participating in the competitions to the viewers at home.

NHL Fountain Face-Off at Bellagio

NHL Fountain Face-Off at Bellagio will take place on the iconic lake in front of the casino. The entire lake won’t be frozen for the event. Players will take a boat to the “ice rink” on pods above the water.

There will be eight participants in this event. Each of the players will be required to shoot pucks into five targets on the lake in the least amount of time. The two players with the best time will move on to the final head-to-head round.

The winner will be the player who successfully shoots pucks into the targets in the fastest time. While the NHL player skills will be on display, there’s no doubt the beautiful fountains and Bellagio casino will be the real star.

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Las Vegas NHL 21 in ’22

Part of the Vegas Strip will be closed for the Las Vegas NHL 21 in ’22 event. This will be another skill-shooting event that puts a twist on street hockey. While the Face-Off event is special to Las Vegas, this is more of a casino-inspired game.

There will be a display featuring a full deck of oversized playing cards on a rack. The object of this competition is similar to blackjack.

Five participants in this game will shoot pucks into the cards. The goal, similar to blackjack, is to achieve a hand of 21 without going bust in the least number of shots.

A player will win rounds with the highest “hand” or is first to achieve 21. The winner will be the first player who wins two rounds. Obviously, a player can make 21 in two shots.

This competition could go on longer than the Bellagio event. There can be as many as six rounds in the competition.

Skills competition inside T-Mobile Arena

There will be five NHL Skills competition events inside T-Mobile Arena. This will be more traditional than the unique events that will take place outdoors:

  • Eight players will participate in NHL Fastest Skater
  • At least four players will participate in the NHL Breakaway Challenge
  • Two players from each division will participate in the NHL Accuracy Shooting
  • 36 players will participate in the NHL Save Streak
  • At least four players will participate in the NHL Hardest Shot

All of the NHL All-Stars Skills Competition events will air on ESPN on Friday, Feb. 4, at 4:30 pm (PT). Fans in Las Vegas can head to the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center to enjoy the NHL Fan Fair from Thursday, Feb. 3 through Sunday, Feb. 6.

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