As much as we appreciate the speed and skill of some of the NHL’s most talented players, getting a look up close at what some of the league’s best can do with the puck on their stick always brings a new level of respect.
In a new video from GoPro, which released several first-person videos last season, Claude Giroux, Evgeni Malkin, Duncan Keith, Gabriel Landeskog, Tomas Tatar and the Sedintwins took to the ice to show their ability. There’s more than a dozen highlight-reel worthy moments that’ll make you wonder how anyone stops them. That is until you see Cory Schneider stop pucks on two separate nets facing opposite directions:
It’s impossible to not be impressed by Giroux’s stick-handling ability while dodging pucks. There’s something amazing about watching the Sedin’s square off against each other, too. That’s not even mentioning the move Daniel throws on brother Henrik — a backhanded between-the-legs deke — that would spin most recreation players into the ice.
And if appreciating the stick-handling ability isn’t enough, how about watching Malkin shred a defender one-on-one? Malkin asking for more about sums up the difference in skill between he and the player defending him.
But maybe the breakout star of the video is Tatar. The Red Wings winger is overshadowed at times by teammates Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and even rookie Dylan Larkin, but Tatar showed his hands can work some magic of their own. It’s no wonder he nearly scored 30 goals in 2014-15.
This newest GoPro video is part of a larger series that will run every Wednesday beginning Feb. 3. The 11-video series features two parters with each of Tatar, Malkin, Giroux and the Sedins, and Landeskog, Keith and Schneider will each have their own dedicated video. The series announcement comes the same day the NHL and GoPro announced they’ve renewed their partnership.
"Our goal with the NHL After Dark series is to transport the hockey fan directly onto the ice with an up-close and personal look at some of the NHL's most talented players," said Bill McCullough, executive producer at GoPro, in a release. "These world-class athletes invest much of their time honing skills behind the scenes and we're excited to give hockey fans an exclusive look at the personalities of these players, the fun they bring to the game and their commitment to mastering their craft.”
The series will be updated on the official NHL YouTube, as well as the NHL Network, App and GoPro Channel among others.