Blink and you will miss him.
Jordan Kyrou, in his first career trip to NHL All-Star Weekend, will compete in the Verizon NHL Fastest Skater competition on Friday night.
The 23-year-old forward is having a career year thanks in large part to his electrifying speed on the ice. His 17 goals and 42 points during the All-Star break both lead the team.
Kyrou is no stranger to speed challenges. In 2019, he participated in the AHL’s fastest skater challenge as a member of the San Antonio Rampage. It took an AHL record time of 13.251 to beat Kyrou, who placed second with a time of 13.520. Kyrou’s time would have ranked fourth in the NHL contest that season.
Kyrou hopes to dethrone Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, winner of three consecutive competitions from 2017 to 2019. The star-studded field also includes Kyle Connor of Winnipeg, Adrian Kempe of Los Angeles, Chris Kreider of New York Rangers, Evgeny Kuznetsov of Washington, Dylan Larkin of Detroit and Cale Makar of Colorado.
In addition to the fastest skater competition, Friday’s NHL All-Star Skills event will include the traditional save streak, hardest shot, breakaway challenge and marksmanship contests. Two brand-new events will also debut: the Discover NHL Fountain Face-off, which takes place in the famous Bellagio fountains, and the Las Vegas 21 in ’22, a blackjack-inspired shooting challenge.
The winner of each event will receive a cash prize of $30,000.
Tune in Friday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN to watch Kyrou race across the ice against the League’s top speedsters. The All-Star Game itself takes place Saturday at 2 p.m. CT and will air on ABC.