Wins Accuracy Shooting challenge at All-Star Weekend
It didn't come as a surprise to Islanders fans when Brock Nelson was named to the All-Star Game for the first time. The lifelong Islander has been steadily getting better through his late 20s and into his early 30s, emerging as the team's leading scorer the last two seasons.
Part of the fun for NHL fans is to watch your team's representative(s) take part in All-Star Weekend and you can argue that how they perform in the skills competition superceeds anything they'll do the next day. For Nelson, he was entered into the Accuracy Shooting competition, one of the more popular and traditional All-Star events.
While fans were in awe of household names and superstars Connor McDavid, Artemi Panarin and the Nazem Kadri, Nelson quietly went about his business, collecting the second-best time in the preliminary round and then beating Panarin, the New York Rangers All-Star in the semis.
In the final against Kadri, Nelson wearing a backward hat and the Islanders' reverse retro Fisherman jersey, looked as confident as could be, hitting the four targets in five shots in 12.419 seconds to be crowned the winner. He is the second Islander to win the Accuracy Shooting competition after John Tavares won it in 2016.
"There was a lot of talk early, guys were going, 'What was the best route?' I was going low left, low right, upper left, upper right. Just kind of stuck with that," Nelson said of his strategy according to NHL.com
"It was fun, it was cool to win that, not really knowing what to expect. Just go out and have a good time. It's something I'll remember, for sure."