From crushing cars in a tank Thursday to crushing pucks in the Hardest Shot competition on Friday evening at the NHL All-Star Skills Challenge, Timo Meier is making the most of his first All-Star experience.
The weekend has provided the opportunity for Meier to catch up with former Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, now with the Dallas Stars. The two took a pause during Friday morning’s media availability to pose for a photo.
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Meier also mentioned catching up with Pavelski’s son, Nate, who Meier was close with in San Jose.
Another reunion for Meier? Ex-Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer will be behind the bench for the Pacific Division All-Stars. DeBoer coached Meier during his first four seasons in the NHL.
Meier mentioned that he enjoyed playing for DeBoer, who he says helped him a lot.
“It’s going to be fun having him behind the bench tomorrow and competing with us.”
As for the Skills Challenge, Timo Meier was asked this morning if his shot could top 100 mph. He responded that he wasn’t sure.
Meier hit 100.1 mph on his second attempt on Friday night, but Victor Hedman won the event with a 103.2.
With a rip of 103.2 mph, Victor Hedman wins the Hardest Shot contest
Victor Hedman: 102.7 mph, 103.2 mph
Adam Pelech: 89.4 mph, 102.2 mph
Tom Wilson: 96.8 mph, 101.1 mph
Timo Meier: 91.3 mph, 100.1 mph https://t.co/qE2d5lcRDE
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“Coming in, I didn’t know how fast I would be able to shoot it,” he said, “but I think cracking 100 was very good for myself.”
It’s worth noting that just four months earlier, he did top the century mark. Meier clocked 100.8 mph at the Sharks Skills Showcase, second only to one teammate. That teammate, by the way, was Mario Ferraro, who hit 101.1. So Ferraro’s got that on Meier.
The All-Star teased Ferraro hard yesterday:
Meier, when asked tonight, smiled and said he hadn’t heard from Ferraro yet.
One event where fans were perhaps robbed of the chance to see Timo Meier shine was the Fastest Skater competition. Before this weekend, it was revealed that the Shark had clocked the fastest speed of any All-Star in a regular season game this season.
Meier says he's seen this stat + says he wasn't asked to participate, but noted with a smile: "I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty happy I didn't have to do fastest skater." pic.twitter.com/MoJSFPlnaH
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He was not asked to participate in the event but was happy to participate in the event he was assigned: “Too bad I couldn’t win it.”
Timo Meier and the Pacific Division take on the Metropolitan Division all-stars on Saturday, with the winners taking on the winners of the Atlantic and Central Division game. Tune in to the games on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN+ starting at 12 pm PST.
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