Jack Hughes Takes Center Stage at All-Star Weekend

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 04: Brekken Scoppetto and Jack Hughes #86 of the New Jersey Devils skate off the ice after their run in the Breakaway Challenge during the 2022 NHL All-Star Skills Competition at T-Mobile Arena on February 04, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

From the Skills Competition to the All-Star Game, ESPN seemed to really increase their coverage of Jack Hughes. The budding New Jersey Devils’ superstar was highlighted several times when taking part in the breakaway challenge Friday night and in the 2022 All-Star Game Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas.

Hughes joins Kirk Muller, Joe Cirella, and Scott Gomez as the only Devils to be named to an All-Star game at age 20 or younger. He is also the youngest player to play in the All-Star game since his brother Quinn in 2020.

Breakaway Challenge

Hughes was not joking when he said he had some tricks up his sleeve for the breakaway challenge. In the event, he got a little bit of help in his magical performance.

Mini-Jack Hughes was 10-year-old Brekken Scoppetto, the son of Devils equipment manager Chris Scoppetto, and he stole the show helping Hughes post a score of 59. Vegas Golden Knights’ defenseman Alex Pietrangelo won the event after some questionable voting from actor Jon Hamm.

Hughes and Anaheim Ducks’ forward Trevor Zegras were the talk of the event as the they represent the league’s next generation of stars. The pair of friends put on a show as they displayed the creativity the next generation possesses.

All-Star Game

Hughes put on a stellar performance as he helped lead the Metropolitan Division to the All-Star Game victory. He put up three goals and one assist in two games including the game-winning goal against the Central Division in the final.

In what was, hopefully, the first of many All-Star appearances for the third-year player, Hughes showed he belonged with some of the league’s top talent as he absorbed a lot of the spotlight in Las Vegas.

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