Brianna Decker to be paid $25K by CCM for skills competition

Decker was one of four stars of the women's game who participated in Friday night's skills challenge in San Jose alongside U.S. teammate Kendall Coyne Schofield and Canada's Renata Fast and Rebecca Johnston.

In addition to Schofield's performance, the NHL also had Brianna Decker, another USA women's national team player, demonstrate the passing drill at the event.

Decker's performance was just one example from the night in San Jose of how impressive women's hockey players are. Unfortunately the National Hockey League did not clock her demonstration so her time was not official, and while her performance was not televised, it was documented on social media.

The victor of each event in the competition earned a $25,000 prize.

So on Saturday, the hockey manufacturing company CCM chose to pay Decker themselves. The 27-year-old won the Patty Kazmaier Award in 2012 while at Wisconsin, an award given to the nation's top collegiate player.

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The NHL All-Star skills competition on Friday night had cameos from some pretty impressive women. That meant that even though Decker beat Draisaitl's time by three seconds, she was going home empty-handed by virtue of just demonstrating how to perform the event.

The American made history on Friday by becoming the 1st female to compete in the NHL's Skills Competition when she raced around the ice in the Faster Skater competition.

"Obviously, I was a little nervous", Coyne Schofield told ESPN.

"[San Jose's Erik] Karlsson went after me, so I was like, "Okay, I think I might have beaten him, ' but I didn't know how long it took me".

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