Blues’ Pietrangelo wins All-Star passing challenge
Alex Pietrangelo quickly found a way to make his first All-Star Weekend a memorable one.
The St. Louis Blues defenseman, who will represent the Central Division in Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game, emerged victorious in Saturday night’s passing challenge — one of six events that comprised the annual All-Star Skills Competition.
Each player in the competition had to successfully complete four passes through light-up targets, four through a course in the neutral zone, four into mini nets and then one into the game net. Pietrangelo completed the course in 0:46.610, beating runner-up Eric Staal of the Minnesota Wild by more than eight seconds. Blues center Brayden Schenn finished fifth among the competition’s nine participants, recording a time of 1:05.951.
As the winner of the passing challenge, Pietrangelo earned $25,000. The Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford tweeted that the veteran defenseman will donate the prize money to charity.
The winner of the Passing Challenge, Alex Pietrangelo, with his 12-year-old nephew, Aiden, in the Western Conference lockerroom. Pietrangelo says he’ll donate the $25,000 he won to charity. #stlblues pic.twitter.com/vovnHqfq6o
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) January 28, 2018
The 28-year-old Pietrangelo was selected as an NHL All-Star Game participant for the first time earlier this month. He has eight goals and 27 assists in 47 games this season.