Gotta See It: Avs’ MacKinnon races Hamelin

Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon takes the CCM Tacks Challenge, races Olympic speed skating champ Charles Hamelin, and proves that NHLers having lightning fast acceleration.

It’s not quite Jesse Owens versus a horse or Usain Bolt versus Sarah the cheetah (Battle of the Mammals!), but it’s still a nontraditional race worth watching.

NHL Rookie of the Year Nathan MacKinnon versus four-time Olympic medallist Charles Hamelin in a race to determine who can accelerate faster.

Hockey player versus short-track speed skater.

Long Samurai-esque blades versus chubbier, stubbier ones.

“I have 50 pounds of gear on. He has a suit — a tight suit,” MacKinnon jokingly complains before the two stars dig into the ice. “I should wear that.” (No, Nathan. No. You shouldn’t.)

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“I never get a big guy like this beside me on the rink,” says Hamelin, who seems a little intimidated.

Watch the race:

Seeing as how the fun stunt sprint — dubbed the Tacks Challenge — was conducted by a hockey skate company, perhaps we shouldn’t be too surprised by the outcome.

We’d give Hamelin a better shot to claim victory in a long-distance battle, if only for the streamlining.

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