MacInnis returns for hardest shot contest:

Seven time hardest shot winner Al MacInnis made a surprise look in St. Louis to reveal the more youthful generation how it's done. 1:18

It's likewise unclear if the NHL is willing to go any even more in its assistance.

"We are all confident," Johnston said. "United States being here, I believe that's an action in the right instructions. The NHL is supporting females's hockey. They're helping us get the direct exposure that we need.

"The collaboration exists. It's not something you can simply construct over night. For us it's just being client, attempting to grow the game."

"It was a magnificent occasion," Canadian forward Sarah Nurse said."He flies," McDavid, the captain of the Edmonton Oilers, said of Barzal. "The speed was non-stop ... 2-1 in a 3-on-3 video game? Friday marked the most significant phase the NHL has actually ever offered the ladies's game, and the second-biggest general aside from the Olympics."I'm thrilled that we have a chance for the females's game to be shown," said commissioner Gary Bettman.

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