NHL All-Star Game 2019: Brianna Decker bests Leon Draisaitl in premier passer event; CCM will #PayDecker $25K

first_imgAfter being notified that she topped his time, Draisaitl offered praise for the 27-year-old Decker, who is a member of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Calgary Inferno. “She beat me? Wow. That’s really impressive,” Draisaitl said. “Good for her.”BRIANNA DECKER IS A GODDESSHere’s her absolutely KILLING it!!! #NHLAllStar pic.twitter.com/e4Z8povq85— Abby @ all star (@ArrowsandDemons) January 26, 2019Twitter had a different reaction. The social media platform exploded with the hashtag #PayDecker as fans, teammates, women’s leagues and reporters alike believed that the $25,000 prize awarded for first place should have gone to Decker rather than Draisaitl because she bested his time. Brianna Decker’s bank account received an unexpected boost Saturday. The gold-medal winner and USA Hockey star demonstrated the premier passer event at the NHL All-Star skills competition in San Jose, Calif., on Friday night and recorded a time three seconds faster than the NHL winner, Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers (1 minute, 9.088 seconds). “(Sharks defenseman Erik) Karlsson went after me, so I was like, ‘OK, I think I might have beaten him,’ but I didn’t know how long it took me,” Decker told reporters. “I was just casually going through the demo.” In addition, Draisaitl is earning a $9 million salary this season with the Oilers, a stark contrast to the salary range for players in the CWHL, who made between $2,000 and $10,000 during the 2017-18 season. We will pass, thank you. Right on to @Bdecker14! This isn’t about a boy losing to a girl, it’s just about who did it better. 💪👊Thank you @Bdecker14 for continuing to be an inspiration to all our Lions and girls everywhere! #PayDecker https://t.co/NWcBUztABr— LA Lions Hockey (@LALionsHockey) January 26, 2019#PayDecker https://t.co/8o8E5VwUsy— Jayna Hefford (@J16H) January 26, 2019Instead of Draisaitl or the NHL stepping up and rightfully awarding Decker the prize, CCM Hockey, which sponsors Decker, awarded her the $25,000. We’re gonna #PayDecker. pic.twitter.com/TbWSD7NAQP— CCM Hockey (@CCMHockey) January 26, 2019Sincerely thankful @CCMHockey You have been nothing but 1st class the last 5 years I have been a part of your family! Thank you for supporting the men’s and women’s game equally! #NHLAllStar #MadeofHockey #Hockeyisforeveryone https://t.co/IAQSLQEdnN— Brianna Decker (@Bdecker14) January 26, 2019Decker was not the only woman to impress on the ice Friday. Her USWNT teammate Kendall Coyne-Schofield made history and officially became the first woman to compete in the skills competition after Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon offered her his spot in the fastest skater event when he could not compete. She displayed lightning-quick speed and placed seventh with a time of 14.346 seconds. Of note, Coyne-Schofield is only 5-2.The NHL also announced during the All-Star game on Saturday night that the league will be donating $25,000 to a charity or hockey program in each of the four women’s names who were involved in the skills competition (Rebecca Johnston, Renata Fast, Coyne-Schofield and Decker).last_img

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