MCU US Agent Wyatt Russell to play goalie in NHL All-Star Skills Contest


Wyatt Russell, who plays the MCU’s U.S. agent John Walker, dresses to play the celebrity guest goaltender in the NHL’s All-Star Skills Breakaway Challenge.

Wyatt Russell, who plays US Agent/John Walker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will continue his debut in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier passing between the pipes during the NHL All-Star Skills event.

Russell, who has professional experience as a goaltender, will don the old pads to keep the spirit of the net in the Adidas NHL Breakaway Challenge, as announced by the NHL. Russell, while an experienced and accomplished goaltender, isn’t arrogant about his chances of facing the NHL’s best. “I don’t know if my dream was, 12 years later [I’m] finished playing hockey, be invited to literally face off against the best scorers in the world in a breakaway competition where they can do whatever they want for as long as they want,” Russell said. “But as far as just going out and seeing everyone in real life, in that kind of arena, it’s going to be a fun little rush.”


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The son of actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, Russell started playing hockey at age four when his family moved from Los Angeles to Vancouver. Russell played two seasons in a Canadian Junior A league, then again at the University of Alabama-Huntsman. After college, Russell played pro-European hockey in Germany and the Netherlands before his career ended with a hip injury at age 23.

As an actor, Russell has appeared in films like Cowboys and Aliens and 22 jump street and later made his MCU debut in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as Steve Rogers’ questionable replacement for Captain America, John Walker. Walker was last seen being recruited by Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine for unknown purposes and it’s not yet clear how the character will appear in the MCU in the future.


Russell will reunite with his former University of Alabama-Huntsville teammate, current Minnesota Wild goalie Cam Talbot, for the NHL All-Star Game. “We played against each other in junior hockey before we went to college,” Russell said, “so it’s just a weird twist of fate that freshman year [Talbot] made the All-Star Game, they invite me too. It’s gonna be awesome, though. The NHL makes this competition as fun as possible. »

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Russell will be joined in the celebrity guest fold by Manon Rheaume, who in 1992 became the first woman to dress for an NHL team when she started a handful of exhibition games for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Despite Russell’s hesitations about stopping hockey’s top scorers, the breakaway competition isn’t meant to be a simple, objective competition like an actual penalty shot. Shooters will instead be encouraged to take trick shots (and even wear costumes) to appease a panel of celebrity judges, including Jon Hamm, Las Vegas ventriloquist Terry Fator and NHL legends Mark Messier and Paul Coffey.


Find out if Russell can stop pucks better than John Walker could take Cap’s shield in the Adidas NHL Breakaway Challenge at the 2022 NHL All-Star Skills event, airing February 4 at 7:30 a.m. EST on ESPN.

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Source: NHL

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