Leon Draisaitl published the best time, officially, in the Premiere Passer competition at the NHL Skill Event on Friday. But unofficial, he entered second place.
Captain of the United States national team and Calgary Inferno, Brianna Decker overcame Draisaitl's time of 1:09 for three seconds when he demonstrated the challenge before the NHLers participated, publishing an unofficial time of 1 : 06.
"(Erik) Karlsson has been behind me, so I was like that:" It's okay, I think it could have been hit, "but I did not know how long it took me," Decker told The Hockey News. "I was accidentally going through the show. This step was pretty hard. But I had no idea, in fact."
"Did you hit me?" Said Draisaitl, when he told The Hockey News. "Wow. This is awesome. This is really awesome. Good for her."
Draisaitl will receive $ 25,000 for his win while Decker, who also has an Olympic gold medal, did not achieve anything.
Twitter hockey fans were not impressed with this fact and, throughout the entire Saturday, they began to invite the NHL to #PayDecker for their victory in the competition. He even joined the team's former Canadian team and the Hockey Hall of Famer Jayna Hefford.
Eventually, the CCM equipment manufacturer intensified and promised to pay Decker $ 25,000 for its performance.
Decker was not the only player who left a mark on the NHL Skill event. His team, North American partner Kendall Coyne Schofield, competed in the Fastest Skater race and posted a time of 14: 346 seconds, less than a second behind the winner Connor McDavid.
"I think the women's game has come a long way," Decker told The Hoquei News. "Today has been a great opportunity for people to become more aware of our talent. But we could not be more grateful because the NHL allows us to leave here and go out with the kids and be able to be part of the event."