Video: Former Bemidji State player Matt Read finishes second in shooting accuracy event in NHL All-Star Skills Competition

Matt Read competed in the NHL All-Stars Skills Competition Saturday night in Ottawa and placed second in the shooting accuracy event.

He finished a close second to Dallas forward Jamie Benn in the grand finale showdown.

Bemidji State was mentioned in the NBC Sports Network broadcast by former Flyer and analyst Jeremy Roenick:

“Matt Read from good old Bemidji State, gotta love those Bemidji State Beavers…Joel Otto also went there,” he said. “Matt Read showing no nerves in front of the Ottawa fans as a rookie…He’s one of the fastest players I’ve seen from the stop to go position. The first three strides he takes are extremely explosive. “

Analyst Pierre McGuire talked about Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren recruiting Read:

“He (Holmgren) brought him to a Montreal Canadiens-Philadelphia Flyers playoff game, and Matt Read told him right after the game that ‘I’m coming to Philadelphia because of the excitement in the building and the crowd.'”

I had a chance to catch up with Read on Friday to interview him about his All-Star experience. You can read that story here.

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