Last weekend saw the stars of the NWHL head to Pittsburgh to show off the best that the league has to offer, and they certainly delivered. The weekend consisted of 28 All-Stars (24 skaters and 4 goalies) from the league’s four teams. The two teams were led by New York Riveter Amanda Kessel and Buffalo Beauts’ Kelley Steadman. Here I have compiled the best videos and photos from social media over the weekend- enjoy!

 

Proceedings started off with the skills competition on Saturday. First up was the fastest skater competition, which went to Rebecca Russo who clinched a time of 12.75 seconds to put Team Kessel ahead by 1:

 

Kelley Steadman, leader of #teamsteady stood up and successfully defended her accuracy title from last year. She went 4 for 4 in 14 seconds:

No one would beat Megan Bozek’s record of 88mph for the hardest shot from last year’s competition. However, Bozek would have to pass the crown onto Blake Bolden who fired an 87mph to claim the title:

Going into the final round of the skills competition, things were tied up 2-2 between the two teams. However goals by Kacey Bellamy and Kelli Stack gave Team Kessel the lead, 3-2, to end the Saturday:

Harrison Browne of the Buffalo Beauts summed things up perfectly with this quote of his:

It was very fun – walking out, seeing all the people, hearing people cheer for everyone. There are people that want to watch the game. It shows good promise for women’s hockey moving forward.

 

Along with the skills competition and All-Star game, there were plenty of chances to meet the players and get involved. There were clinics for girls run over the weekend, and a chance to get autographs from the players. But the players made sure to make the most of the visit to Pittsburgh, going out and meeting the fans:

And a few dreams came true:

The All-Star game was completely sold out, roughly around 1,500 tickets, which is incredibly impressive for a rink in a city without an NWHL team. It just shows the spread of appeal that the league has. The captains were out to meet with the media before the showdown:

The full All-Star game can be watched right here:

 

During the half time intermission the younger generation took to the ice, but Meghan Duggan couldn’t help getting in on the action:

When the clock hit zero, Team Kessel emerged victorious 11-10:

And with a hat trick, it was only fitting that captain, Amanda Kessel was awarded MVP:

 

Overall it was a great weekend of hockey for everyone involved. This is a perfect showcase of all the great work that the NWHL has done for women’s hockey, and a look of what the future could hold.

Finally the weekend couldn’t have happened without help from the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, to whom Commissioner Dani Rylan showed her gratitude with the following statement:

The support from every level of the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and the enthusiasm of hockey fans in the Pittsburgh area has been tremendous. On behalf of our players and everyone involved with the NWHL, I want to thank the Penguins, the staff at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, and the people of Pittsburgh for their contributions in making our All-Star Game a major success.

Hopefully there will be plenty more years of All-Star games for us to sit back and enjoy, and hopefully this event won’t be the last of the NWHL and NHL working together to show that hockey truly is for everyone.