Brianna Decker, the US national team hockey player, was brought out in what can only be called the tiniest treasure trove of diversity and inclusion for the first ever NHL All-Star Skills exercise Event on Friday. While the league never bothered to show their demonstration on television, a Twitter user was able to hold Decker at an impressive pace as the exercise finished.
As it turned out, Decker not only seemed to complete the exercise quickly, but ended. In the end, the course finished the fastest time of all participants, including eight NHL players. Their time of 1:06 – which was derived from social media – struck the Oilers Center Leon Draisaitl, who completed the course in 1: 09. However, Draisaitl got the title that had passed the title and a prize of $ 25,000. When the fans realized that the League would not appreciate Decker's performance, #PayDecker began to circulate on Twitter to give the underpaid player the prize money.
With the league silent on the issue and hashtag, hockey maker CCM seized the opportunity to capitalize on the moment and offered to pay Decker the $ 25,000.
But at this point it should not have come. It's not as if this concern was voiced a full day after the event ended. When the event took place live, people quickly realized that most NHL players did not break through the practice as quickly as Decker did. In fact, six of the contestants – Erik Karlsson, Keith Yandle, Mikko Rantanen, Roman Josi, Ryan O Reilly and Thomas Chabot – ended up over 1:25, which Decker indisputably dumped.
It Is Not So When this happened, the league was not prepared for the idea of a joint contest that night, as Olympic champion Kendall Coyne Schofield was invited to attend the fastest skating competition. Schofield was the first hockey player ever to participate in the All-Star Skills event. Sure, the NHL would have had to make some minor changes to officially count their time, but the sanctity of the sport would probably have survived. Events like these are fun, but they are only a few steps away from the games that spectators play on the ice between periods, which means the rules can be easily adjusted.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman
said just hours before Friday that "diversity and inclusion" were still considered pillars of the League. Instead of showing that he said what he meant by the recognition of Decker, he allowed another entity to prove that his testimony was for the show – as he thought the course would be from Decker.