The gold-medal winner and USA Hockey star demonstrated the premier passer occasion on the NHL All-Star abilities competitors in San Jose, Calif., on Friday evening and recorded a time three seconds sooner than the NHL winner, Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers (1 minute, 9.088 seconds).
“(Sharks defenseman Erik) Karlsson went after me, so I used to be like, ‘OK, I feel I may need crushed him,’ however I didn’t understand how lengthy it took me,” Decker informed reporters. “I used to be simply casually going via the demo.”
After being notified that she topped his time, Draisaitl supplied reward for the 27-year-old Decker, who’s a member of the Canadian Ladies’s Hockey League’s Calgary Inferno.
“She beat me? Wow. That’s actually spectacular,” Draisaitl stated. “Good for her.”
BRIANNA DECKER IS A GODDESS
— Abby @ all star (@ArrowsandDemons) January 26, 2019
Twitter had a unique response. The social media platform exploded with the hashtag #PayDecker as followers, teammates, girls’s leagues and reporters alike believed that the $25,000 prize awarded for first place ought to have gone to Decker slightly than Draisaitl as a result of she bested his time.
As well as, Draisaitl is incomes a $9 million wage this season with the Oilers, a stark distinction to the wage vary for gamers within the CWHL, who made between $2,000 and $10,000 throughout the 2017-18 season.
We’ll cross, thanks. Proper on to @Bdecker14! This isn’t a few boy dropping to a woman, it’s nearly who did it higher. 💪👊Thanks @Bdecker14 for persevering with to be an inspiration to all our Lions and women in every single place! #PayDecker https://t.co/NWcBUztABr
— LA Lions Hockey (@LALionsHockey) January 26, 2019
— Jayna Hefford (@J16H) January 26, 2019
As a substitute of Draisaitl or the NHL stepping up and rightfully awarding Decker the prize, CCM Hockey, which sponsors Decker, awarded her the $25,000.
— CCM Hockey (@CCMHockey) January 26, 2019
Sincerely grateful @CCMHockey You’ve been nothing however 1st class the final 5 years I’ve been part of your loved ones! Thanks for supporting the boys’s and ladies’s sport equally! #NHLAllStar #MadeofHockey #Hockeyisforeveryone https://t.co/IAQSLQEdnN
— Brianna Decker (@Bdecker14) January 26, 2019
Decker was not the one girl to impress on the ice Friday. Her USWNT teammate Kendall Coyne-Schofield made historical past and formally turned the primary girl to compete within the abilities competitors after Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon supplied her his spot within the quickest skater occasion when he couldn’t compete. She displayed lightning-quick pace and positioned seventh with a time of 14.346 seconds. Of notice, Coyne-Schofield is barely 5-2.
The NHL additionally introduced throughout the All-Star sport on Saturday evening that the league will likely be donating $25,000 to a charity or hockey program in every of the 4 girls’s names who had been concerned within the abilities competitors (Rebecca Johnston, Renata Quick, Coyne-Schofield and Decker).