Bruins’ Pastrnak will be ‘big supporter’ of teammates in NHL All-Star Shooting Stars competition

Matt Kalman
January 23, 2020 - 6:43 pm

Bruins forward David Pastrnak was too caught up in trying to help Boston win as many games as possible before the All-Star break to dig too deep into what would be awaiting him at the NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis when WEEI.com caught up with him.

But the news that the NHL would incorporate the Gatorade NHL Shooting Stars into its All-Star Skills competition.

Basically, eight NHL All-Stars and two women’s players will be picked by social media to compete in the event. From an elevated platform behind the goal, approximately 30 feet above the ice, the players will be asked to hit various targets on the ice.

Usually Pastrnak is up for anything, but the NHL’s leading goal scorer didn’t seem pumped for this one.

“Oh, probably not. I mean it’s 30 feet. That’ll be interesting but I can’t see myself doing that,” he said. “It’ll be interesting to see how many guys are good at it.”

As for whether fans should vote him into the competition, he said he’s rather watch that one.

“I’d be a good fan. I’d be a big supporter of anybody that gets picked from the Atlantic Division but I would like to stay as a fan,” he said. “I mean 30 feet … it’s just about me not imagining me hitting any of the targets.”

The NHL got the idea from the trick-shot videos posted by Dude Perfect, and also a promotional video Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin recorded.

Pastrnak won the accuracy shooting contest last season.

“It was actually cool because it was the faces of everybody that was doing it,” he said.

We’ll see which events Pastrnak participates in and how he fares on Friday.

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