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Certified Sniper: Brock Nelson, the NHL’s Most Accurate Shooter

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New York Islanders Brock Nelson (Photo courtesy of New York Islanders Twitter)
New York Islanders Brock Nelson (Photo courtesy of New York Islanders Twitter)

For years, New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson has sniped goaltenders left and right, but until this season, an All-Star appearances was never in the cards. But after lighting the lamp 19 times in the first half of the season, the NHL chose Nelson to be the Islanders representative down in South Beach for the 2023 NHL All-Star festivities.

Brock Nelson was chosen to take part in the Accuracy Shooting competition, against Florida Panthers Sasha Barkov, Edmonton Oilers Leon Draisaitl, Philadelphia Flyers Kevin Hayes, New Jersey Devils Jack Hughes, Calgary Flames Nazem Kadri, Tampa Bay Lightning Nikita Kucherov, Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid, New York Rangers Artemi Panarin, and St. Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko.

After the first round, Nelson came in second place, hitting all four targets in 12.126 seconds. McDavid, otherwise known as “McJesus” stunned the crowd by hitting all four in under 10 seconds.

Then came the second round, as Brock Nelson knocked off rival Artemi Panarin, with ease.

And then came the finals, against Nazem Kadri, who knocked off Connor McDavid, in a stunner. Brock Nelson continued to snipe, as he tends to do, shining in the finale, winning the competition.

“It was cool. Some nerves, and some excitement going into it, not really knowing what to expect,” Brock Nelson said. “That was a good time. It was fun.”

Nelson, along with Ilya Sorokin and Bo Horvat (Pacific Division), will take part in the 2023 NHL All-Star Game today, which kicks off at 3 PM ET.

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