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2020 All-Star Diary: Connor Hellebuyck

Jets goalie enjoys participating in Save Streak, being on ice with Gretzky

by Connor Hellebuyck / Special to

Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck is keeping a diary for the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis. Hellebuyck participated in the Bud Light NHL Save Streak at the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills presented by New Amsterdam Vodka at Enterprise Center on Friday, making four consecutive saves to finish tied for sixth with Tristan Jarry of the Pittsburgh Penguins and David Rittich of the Calgary Flames. 

In his first entry, Hellebuyck talks about participating in the Save Streak, which was won by Jordan Binnington of the St. Louis Blues, and all the happenings that made it an unforgettable night for the second-time all-star.

Today was a day of moments for me, things I won't forget from being here. It was about taking everything in, a chance to see some of the new events and meet some new people. When I look back, I am going to see a lot of these moments and remember some good things from this.

It's hard to say what my favorite moment will be. I mean, I was really trying in the Save Streak competition and I really wanted my streak. Unfortunately, I didn't get the streak, even though I thought I played really well.


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I stopped seven of nine shots, and that is pretty good if you ask me. But I couldn't get a good streak going.

I made three saves, and then Leon Draisaitl scored on me, and then three more saves, and Connor McDavid scored. Those Edmonton guys are pretty good. I even gave McDavid a hard time for scoring on me at the end because I wanted to keep the streak going.

When I think about it all, it all starts today with walking the red carpet when we arrived. That was really cool, but it was chilly for sure. I didn't wear a coat because I wanted to show off my suit, so it was a bit cold and my fingers were getting cold.

There was all the stuff during the skills competition that was neat too.

Video: Save Streak: Binnington edges Vasilevskiy on home ice

Wayne Gretzky being on the ice at the beginning was amazing. That alone, being on the same ice as him, was an honor. You know, he's done so much for hockey and he continues to do so much for the game, so being able to be in the presence of his greatness was cool.

Then, at the end, the Shooting Stars competition was awesome. I would like to actually participate in it. They should let the goalies shoot; that would be fun for us. It is a lot harder than it appears. But I would definitely like to try it. 

The other cool thing is getting to share this with my family. My dad is here, and my uncle too. It's great seeing how excited my dad gets and, you know, trying to get the little moments for them too. We were able to get some dinner today, and I'm hoping tomorrow they'll be able to see some more stuff. We'll see. 

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