It was a battle of the Swedes at this year’s NHL All-Star Weekend, as Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson went head-to-head in the hardest shot competition. After Dahlin’s first shot clocked in at 97 mph, he was motivated to take an even harder second shot – and it paid off. His second shot clocked in at 102.3 mph, good for second place and just shy of Pettersson’s winning speed of 103.2 mph.
Dahlin made the most of his second consecutive All-Star Weekend, which began in a whirlwind after he was selected to replace injured teammate Tage Thompson. After flying to Fort Lauderdale Thursday morning, Dahlin spent the afternoon jet-skiing with his girlfriend, Carolina, and his brother, Felix. He then spent the evening rubbing shoulders with Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, and more of the NHL’s elite during the All-Star Skills event at FLA Live Arena.
Dahlin shared that he would like to walk the beach with teammate Jack Eichel, and he also enjoyed catching waves on the jet-ski. He said he was trying to enjoy every second of the All-Star Weekend and make the most of the opportunity.
The 3-on-3 All-Star Game begins Saturday at 3 p.m. on ABC and ESPN+. Dahlin will skate on the Atlantic Division roster alongside forwards David Pastrnak, Dylan Larkin, Aleksandr Barkov, Matthew Tkachuk, Nick Suzuki, Brady Tkachuk, Nikita Kucherov and Mitch Marner along with goalies Linus Ullmark and Andrei Vasilevskiy. Dahlin is especially looking forward to playing alongside Kucherov, who was complimentary of him on Thursday.
It’s sure to be an exciting game, and Dahlin is ready to take the ice with some of the NHL’s elite. Be sure to tune in and cheer on Dahlin and the Atlantic Division!