The 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend had a lot of spectacular moments, but six stood out to us at NHLSeattle.com as being the top moments of the weekend.
1. The Women Steal the Show
This year, the NHL introduced a new event during the All-Star Skills Competition designed to help grow women's hockey - the Elite Women's 3-on-3. Top players from Canada and the USA were selected to compete in the game, with NHL Seattle Pro Scout Cammi Granato earning the Head Coach role for the American All-Stars.
Needless to say, this event was the highlight of the Skills Competition, with the on-ice rivals battling as if it were Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The Canadian All-Stars won the game 2-1.
Video: Elite Women's 3-on-3: Daoust leads Canada past USA
2. Laila Warms Hearts
If you followed the St. Louis Blues' historic Stanley Cup run & victory last spring, you likely remember one young fan who stole the hearts of hockey fans across the world.
Eleven-year-old Laila Anderson, who's diagnosed with a rare and potentially fatal disease called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), once again captivated hearts when she introduced the hometown All-Stars ahead of Saturday's All-Star Game.
Anderson was decked out in Blues gear and donned her very own championship ring that was gifted to her by the team just a few months before while sounding like a seasoned pro each time she welcomed a player onto the ice.
Let's get this girl a contract.
Video: Laila Anderson introduces Blues All-Stars
3. Tkachuk Family Reunion
The Tkachuks celebrated a family reunion of sorts during the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis. Matthew, a forward for the Calgary Flames, and Brady, a forward for the Ottawa Senators, each travelled to their hometown for their first All-Star appearances.
During Friday's Skills Competition, both Tkachuk's were slated to participate in the first-ever Shooting Stars event that can best be described as hockey's version of Top Golf. However, what the brothers didn't expect was that their father and longtime St. Louis Blues forward Keith Tkachuck, would come out to take an honorary shot alongside his sons.
Video: Shooting Stars: Tkachuk unveils Cardinals jersey
4. Anthem Singer Returns
Following St. Louis' first-ever Stanley Cup Championship this past spring, Blues anthem singer Charles Glenn retired from his role after 19 seasons. So when Glenn walked out on the ice to perform a rousing rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner fans greeted the beloved singer with thunderous cheers.
Video: Glenn returns to sing national anthem in St. Louis
5. Pacific Divison Wins
The Pacific Division dominated the 2020 NHL All Star Game, beating Team Central and Team Atlantic to take home their third ASG victory in five years. San Jose's Tomas Hertl scored five goals in two games, including four goals in a decisive 10-5 win over Team Central and the game-winning goal in his division's 5-4 victory over Team Atlantic.
Video: Pacific defeats Atlantic to win NHL All-Star Game
6. Justin Bieber's Surprise Appearance
On January 1, St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington challenged pop superstar Justin Bieber to a shootout challenge with the note that if Bieber was able to score on the Stanley Cup champion, he'd dye his hair platinum blonde. However, Bieber upped the ante by counter-proposing a charitable donation.
Since that challenge hasn't occurred yet, San Jose Sharks forward Tomas Hertl decided to take matters into his own hands by impersonating the pop icon during his turn in the Save Streak competition.
Video: Hertl wears Bieber mask in Save Streak competition