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GIO'S ALL-STAR BLOG - DAY 2

The captain checks in after the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Competition

by MARK GIORDANO @MarkGio05 / CalgaryFlames.com

Hey guys! We're now half-way done the NHL All-Star Weekend and myself, Chucky, and Ritter are having a blast in St. Louis.

The Skills Competition was on Friday night at Enterprise Center and every year, it seems to get better. I really liked the new additions - the women's 3-on-3 game and the shooting competition from up in the stands - and the events they kept in are some of my favourites as well.

Prior to getting out on the ice, we went down a red carpet and while we're a long way from home, it was awesome to see some Flames fans out there among plenty of Blues fans.

I was in the Hardest Shot competition and while I was pretty happy with my numbers, I knew Shea Weber was going to be hard to beat and I was right. He's got an absolute bomb and passing the 106 mph mark? Wow. Hats off to him, that's quite a shot. Also, it's great to see a guy like Elias Pettersson showcase how hard he can shoot - he's a smaller guy but everyone who has faced him knows he's got a very hard shot.

It was also really cool to see Flames and Blues alumnus Al MacInnis take a crack at it with a wooden stick and then post a 100+ mph shot. Great job by the Blues to get their alumni members out on the ice for the competitions.

Ritter has been pumped since he received the invite to participate this year and he was having a blast all evening. I thought he did really well and he definitely enjoyed watching all of the events.

Watching Chucky interact with fans in his hometown and getting to see his family take in this All-Star Weekend has been really special too. He was the only guy to beat Jordan Binnington in the goalie challenge and nearly beat him again with that behind-the-legs move that all of us in Calgary have seen. But the coolest thing was seeing him take part in the new shooting challenge, where the guys were trying to hit targets from a location in the stands. From wearing the Cardinals jersey to having Keith up with the boys to Chucky coming in second, I thought it was great.

We'll wrap the weekend up on Saturday night with the 3-on-3 game. I was fortunate enough to be a part of a couple of All-Star Weekends in the past so I've competed in the 5-on-5 game as well and I have to say I enjoyed the current format more. It's more fast-paced and it's more fun to watch for the fans so I'm really excited to play.

Team Pacific is going for the win so watch out for us!

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