Jakub Voracek, Johnny Gaudreau Steal the Show at NHL All-Star Skills Competition

Dave Lozo@@davelozoNHL National Lead WriterJanuary 25, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It started with a tender, touching moment involving Ryan Johansen and Cole Vogt, the young son of Blue Jackets trainer Michael Vogt, during the breakaway challenge.

Johansen began his attempt before turning back, grabbing Cole, and taking him along for a ride that ended with Cole smacking the puck through the legs of Corey Crawford. Johansen even pushed Cole along for a glove-bump celebration with some of the NHL's greatest players.

Then things went from cute to funny.

Jakub Voracek was next to shoot, and he mimicked Johansen's move except for one important detail.

Voracek grabbed Johnny Gaudreau, who looks like he's eight years old, and guided him for a similar breakaway goal.

"I think that little kid was bigger than him," Voracek said.

The idea to have some fun at Voracek's expense wasn't his idea—Ryan Suter came up with it. What was Voracek planning to do before Suter's stroke of comedic genius?

"I was gonna put a Rick Nash jersey on," Voracek said.

And get booed?

"Oh, yeah. I switched it at the last second."

Gaudreau is still a rookie, so the ribbing about his youthful looks probably won't end anytime soon. To his credit, he went along with it like a champion.

"He came up and asked me first if it was all right," Gaudreau said. "I thought it would be pretty funny to do something like that, and it was a lot of fun."

If Gaudreau had things his way, he would have been the talk of the skills competition for an entirely different reason—he wanted to set his stick on fire for one of his attempts.

No, really. That's what he wanted to do.

"Me and Mark Giordano were talking about it on the bus a little bit earlier and thought it would be a good idea since we play for Flames," Gaudreau said. "I don't think they were going to let me do it. I asked one of the Player Safety guys here and they said no.

"I should've just did it."

All statistics via NHL.com and Stats.HockeyAnalysis.com.

Dave Lozo covers the NHL for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter: @DaveLozo.


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