The NHL is having a little trouble finding volunteers for its fastest skater competition.
The presence of Connor McDavid, last year’s champion, has seemingly scared off all other potential challengers, and the league is having difficulty rounding out the event.
The skills competition takes place Saturday night, and you can find a breakdown of each event here.
Fastest skater hopefuls will not have to go head-to-head this year, (the event will be run as a time trial), making it even more peculiar that players won’t volunteer for a lap.
McDavid won last year’s event with a lap time of 13.310, slightly slower than Dylan Larkin’s record time of 13.172 set in 2015.
Larkin of course had a “skating start” when he set his time though, and even responded to critics last year by offering to go head-to-head with McDavid to settle the score – which is more than we can say for this year’s current crop of all-stars, apparently. Mike Green was chosen as Detroit’s representative, giving Larkin the weekend off.
The festivities get underway at 7:30 p.m. ET.
UPDATE: McDavid’s future victims have been announced.