Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and San Jose Sharks blueliner Brent Burns got fans laughing with their creativity breakaway personalities.
The breakaway challenge at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition was designed to get players to show off some personality, have a little fun and display some niffy moves.
Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban, San Jose Sharks blueliner Brent Burns, Nashville Predators left winger James Neal and Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene got the memo.
Subban won the fan-driven Twitter vote after he put on a No. 68 Florida Panthers jersey, a long-flowing mullet-esque wig and an old-school Jofa helmet. He completed his homage to future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr by giving the Jagr salute after he tucked a chance by Predators goalie Pekka Rinne.
His first attempt wasn’t too shabby either as he bounced the puck on his stick, kicked the disc behind his back and eventually batted it towards Rinne.
Subban does the Jagr salute pic.twitter.com/9kw78sk5yT
— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) January 31, 2016
Burns’ most hilarious attempt came after he put on a mask of Star Wars character Chewbacca – a reference to his unruly facial hair. Burns skated in, ripped a slapshot past New Jersey Devils netminder Cory Schneider and raised his arms much like Chewie.
Neal got a little help from country music star Dierks Bentley, an appropriate linemate since the event was in the Music City. Neal set up Bentley on a 2-on-0 rush.
James Neal with another trick. Instead of a puck, this time he pulls out a Dierks Bentley? #NHLBreakawayChallenge
— Matt Larkin (@THNMattLarkin) January 31, 2016
For his part, Duchene probably had the prettiest try. He cradled the puck back and forth with one hand on his stick. He also scored with one hand on his stick, using a between-the-legs move.
Duchene ‘lacrosses’ the puck, drops it & scores between his legs with one hand.#NHLBreakawayDuchene
— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) January 31, 2016