Travis Konecny stormed into the NHL All-Star break already with a new career high in assists. The Flyers' winger has 26 helpers and is projected to finish with 44, a sign of significant growth in a breakout 2019-20 season for the 22-year-old.
On Saturday night in the 2020 All-Star Game at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Konecny put his facilitating on display during the 3-on-3 action featuring the world's best players. He finished with three assists in the Metropolitan Division's 9-5 semifinal loss to the Atlantic Division.
"I had a lot of fun," Konecny said Saturday, via Flyers senior director of public relations and communications Zack Hill. "It was pretty funny, I was watching my parents in the stands and my mom didn't understand why we weren't playing like a real game.
"It's my first game and it's her first time seeing it. I don't know if she was expecting me to be blocking shots and forechecking, stuff like that. I had a lot of fun with it.
"It was a really cool experience, getting to play with some players, too, that I usually won't get the chance to play with was fun."
Konecny playing in his first All-Star Game at 22 years old should be exciting for the Flyers. Claude Giroux was 23 years old for his first All-Star Game back in 2011. The future looks bright for Konecny, who signed a new six-year, $33 million contract back in mid-September.
With 17 goals and 43 points through 47 games, Konecny is eight goals and seven points away from setting career highs across the board.
A breakout, indeed.
Here are more sights and scenes from Konecny's first All-Star Game:
Travis Konecny repping the Flyers orange in team photo for All-Star Game.— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) January 26, 2020
(📷 by Flyers PR guru Zack Hill) pic.twitter.com/N30CEMRepm
Travis Konecny’s arrival.— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) January 25, 2020
(📷 by Flyers PR guru Zack Hill) pic.twitter.com/AxLIxIsHho
Gritty took the ice. Strong corsi guy.— Jordan Hall (@JHallNBCS) January 26, 2020
(📷 by Flyers PR guru Zack Hill) pic.twitter.com/Ao5HQHxV6S
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