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Carey Price and Shea Weber made the NHL All-Star Skills Competition a real family affair on Saturday

by Matt Cudzinowski @canadiensmtl /

LOS ANGELES - Carey Price and Shea Weber will likely remember their 2017 NHL All-Star Skills Competition experience for a long, long time.

In addition to playing a key role in helping the Atlantic Division emerge victorious on Saturday evening at the STAPLES Center, the pair was fortunate enough to have their loved ones in attendance to cheer them on from the stands.

At one point, though, both Price and Weber brought their kids a little bit closer to the action to experience the All-Star festivities first hand and take some photos to commemorate the occasion.

Price, the Atlantic Division's captain, was beaming with pride when he had his eight-month-old daughter, Liv, come onto the ice for a quick skate and some quality time together alongside the brightest stars in the NHL today. 

Video: Carey Price skates with his baby at the Skills Comp

"We talked about doing it right before. We thought it would be kind of cool. She actually really enjoys skating around. I don't know if she just likes the cold breeze in her face, but she was system overload," said Price, who, along with his wife, Angela, welcomed their first-born child into the world back on May 6, 2016. "She had her little earmuffs on up in the crowd cheering us on." 

Weber, meanwhile, was glad to have his two-year-old son, Beckett, on the STAPLES Center ice along with him, too. 

"He probably won't remember it, but we'll have pictures and stuff that we can look back on later," said Weber, who claimed the NHL's Hardest Shot Competition for a third straight year on Saturday with a 102.8 mph slap shot, besting Winnipeg Jets young gun Patrik Laine's blast of 101.7 mph. 

Video: Hardest Shot: Weber wins Hardest Shot competition

Speaking of kids, it just so happened that one of the highlights of the event came when Price surrendered a goal to Ryan Kesler's son, six-year-old Ryker, during the shootout competition.

"He beat me clean," said Price, who was beaten five-hole on the play, before Ryker celebrated the tally like a veteran goal scorer to the delight of the crowd. "He's got a pretty good little twisted wrister just like his old man. That's what the game is all about, having fun."

By virtue of their Skills Competition victory, the Atlantic Division was afforded the opportunity to pick their opponent in the semi-final portion of the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, as well as the time they'd play. They chose to square off against the Metropolitan Division in the second matchup of the afternoon, while the Pacific Division and Central Division will battle it out in the opening semi-final.

Video: Carey Price on bringing his daughter onto the ice

"It's just how it kind of worked out," said Price, on the subject of his squad's decision to battle captain Sidney Crosby's group for the right to move on to the championship game. "That seems to be the team that you're going to face in the final anyway, so I figure if we can beat them early, we can just get it out of the way."

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