It's sad that we won't get to see Matt Barzal defend his fastest skater title, or see Shea Weber try to best his 106.5 mph slap shot from last year's NHL All-Star Skills.
There will be no NHL All-Star Skills this year, but there is an alternative in place that will let hockey fans of all ages participate.
Today, the NHL announced NHL Fan Skills at Home, which will allow fans to submit videos of themselves "performing hockey skills of all levels in any one of five categories - Shootout Move, Accuracy, Celly, Trick Shot, and Stickhandling." The competition began today, and will go through April 28th.
"With NHL All-Star Skills unable to take place this year, we decided to celebrate the great game of hockey by having our passionate fans submit their unique hockey skills videos on Instagram and TikTok," said Heidi Browning, NHL Senior Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer.
"During a season that prohibits in-person interactions between players and fans, fans still have the chance to land themselves inside a viral NHL moment and have a direct connection with their favorite NHL clubs when their video is recognized by the League and celebrated by the NHL's top Players."
If you submit a video between March 1st and March 29th, you have the chance to have your video reposted to the NHL's Instagram and TikTok accounts. 15 of those fans who have their videos reposted will "continue to be recognized by the NHL on Instagram and TikTok through April 28th," per the NHL's press release this morning.
For more information on NHL Fan Skills at Home, click here.