Several former NCAA skaters shined on Saturday night at the 2018 GEICO NHL All-Star Skills Competition, part of the 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend at Amalie Arena in Tampa.
Brock Boeser (North Dakota) of the Vancouver Canucks finished first overall in the Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting event. Boeser, who helped UND to a national title in 2016, hit all five light-up targets in a time of 11.136 seconds. Finishing second was Brian Boyle (Boston College) of the New Jersey Devils, who clocked in at 11.626 seconds.
Johnny Gaudreau (Boston College) of the Calgary Flames won the Gatorade NHL Puck Control Relay in a time of 24.650 seconds. Gaudreau, the 2014 Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner with BC, stickhandled a puck through two separate obstacle courses, one a straight line of pucks and the other a slalom of bottles, before shooting his puck successively through the light-up rungs of three separate open gate mechanisms.
Jack Eichel (Boston University) of the Buffalo Sabres finished third in the Enterprise NHL Fastest Skater competition with a time of 13.828 seconds. Zach Werenski (Michigan) of the Columbus Bluejackets was sixth in 14.250 seconds, while Noah Hanifin (Boston College) of the Carolina Hurricanes was seventh at 14.317 seconds.
Connor Hellebuyck (UMass Lowell) of the Winnipeg Jets stopped six of 10 shots in the GEICO NHL Save Streak goaltending competition, and made three saves in a row at one point.
The NHL All-Star games begin on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET (NBC TV).
ADDENDUM: Boeser became the first rookie in 33 years to earn NHL All-Star Game honors, tallying two goals and an assist in two games as his Pacific Division won this year's 3-on-3 game competition with wins over the Central and Atlantic divisions.