The 5 best performances at the NHL Skills Competition in NY Islanders history

2023 NHL All-Star - Skills Competition
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Adrian Aucoin

NHL Hardest Shot, 2004

Back in 2004, defenseman Adrian Aucoin shared a victory in the hardest shot competition with Sheldon Sourayof the Montreal Canadiens with a 102.2 mph blast and scored the first goal of the game in a 6–4 win over the Western Conference.

Acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning in June 2001, Aucoin scored 12 goals for an Islanders team that returned to the playoffs for the first time since 1993-94. "Peter Laviolette was ahead of his time, said Aucoin in a 2018 Q&A. Such a go-go-go (coach), he had our forwards going, our defencemen going, and everyone going up ice to create as much offense as possible. And that’s kind of the way the NHL is now."

Aucoin appeared in 1,108 NHL games, amassing 121 goals, 278 assists, and 399 points.