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2018 NHL All-Star Skills Competition  

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Details

 

Date: Saturday, January 27

Time: 4:00 pm PT 

TV: NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports

 

Format

 

Six events will be contested during the All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, with an added twist coming to each this year.

 

The NHL announced on Tuesday that each winner of the six events will be awarded $25,000. 

 

Events

 

FASTEST SKATER

 

Unlike past years, the fastest skater competition will not be a direct head-to-head format. Rather than having two players race against each other at the same time, this year’s event is a time trial. One player chooses which direction he wants to take and then races around the outside of the rink against the clock.

 

Participants

  • Brayden Point, Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Zach Werenski, Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Rickard Rakell, Anaheim Ducks
  • Noah Hanifin, Carolina Hurricanes
  • Josh Bailey, New York Islanders
  • Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
  • Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
  • Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Procedure/Rules

  • Each skater completes one full rink lap.
  • Skater may choose direction of their lap.
  • Skater is positioned a maximum of three feet behind the start line located on the penalty box side of the centre line.
  • Skater starts on the referee’s whistle.
  • The timing device starts when the skater crosses the start line.
  • In case of a clock malfunction, the official time will be recorded by the referee’s stopwatch.

Tie Situation

  • If at the completion of the event there is a tie for the fastest time the two players will skate again to determine the winner.

 

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PASSING CHALLENGE

 

One of two brand-new events this year, the Passing Challenge presents players with three different types of drills to measure who moves the puck the quickest and most accurately. The player who completes the three skills in the fastest time takes home the cash prize.

 

Participants

  • Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
  • Brayden Schenn, St. Louis Blues
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Arizona Coyotes
  • Eric Staal, Minnesota Wild
  • Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues
  • Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

Procedure/Rules

  • Single round event consists of the following skills:

– Target Passing: Player must complete four successful passes to targets that randomly light up.

– Give and Go: Player must successfully complete the four required passes through the course.

– Mini Nets: Player must complete a pass into each of four mini nets and the game net.

  • Each skill must be completed before moving on to the next skill. Referee whistles/signals completion of each skill.

Tie Situation

  • If at the completion of the event there is a tie for the fastest time the two players will compete again to determine the winner.

 

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SAVE STREAK

 

The other new event is the save streak, which replaces the shootout competition. Now, this is a straight-up goalie competition to see who can make the most saves in a row. Each goalie will face at least nine shooters, but their turn cannot end on a save. The goalie who makes the most consecutive saves against oncoming shooters will win the competition.

 

Participants

  • Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers, vs. Central Division
  • Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets, vs Pacific Division
  • Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators, vs. Metropolitan Division
  • Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights, vs. Atlantic Division
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning, vs. Central Division

Procedure/Rules

  • Each scoring attempt is officiated in accordance with NHL shootout rules and begins on the referee’s whistle.
  • Each goalie will face all players from an opposing division.
  • Players from each division will shoot numerically, lowest to highest with the divisional captain shooting last.
  • A goalie’s round may not end with a save.
  • If a goalie saves the divisional captain’s shot, he will continue to face shooters until a goal is scored.
  • Order of shooters after the divisional captain is the same as the original order.

Tie Situation

  • If at the completion of the event there is a tie for the longest “save streak” the winning goalie will be determined by the total number of saves made in their round.

 

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PUCK CONTROL RELAY

 

Just like the passing challenge, the Puck Control Relay features three different drills that challenge a player’s puckhandling, quick-decision making and speed. The player who completes the course with the fastest time will be named the winner.

 

Participants

  • Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
  • Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers
  • Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
  • John Tavares, New York Islanders
  • Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
  • Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
  • Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks

Procedure/Rules

  • Single round event consists of the following skills:

– Stickhandling: Skater controls a puck through a series of eight pucks.

– Cone Control: Skater with a puck skates through a series of eight cones.

– Gates: As skater approaches each gate, one rung of the gate will light up and the player is required to shoot or otherwise guide the puck through the lit rung.

  • Each skill must be completed before moving on to the next skill. Referee whistles/signals completion of each skill.

Tie Situation

  • If at the completion of the event there is a tie for the fastest time the two players will compete again to determine the winner.

 

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HARDEST SHOT

 

The classic fan favourite is back without any major changes. Grip it, rip it and the player who has recorded the hardest shot after two tries will be this year’s winner. The all-time record is 108.8 m.p.h. set by Zdeno Chara in 2012. Last year’s winner, Shea Weber, clocked in at 102.8 m.p.h.

 

Participants

  • John Klingberg, Dallas Stars
  • Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
  • P.K. Subban, Nashville Predators
  • Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks
  • Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

Procedure/Rules

  • Two attempts for each player.
  • The six players take their first shot and the speed is recorded.
  • Order of shots for second attempt is based on speed recorded in first round – slowest to fastest.
  • A single puck is positioned on the ice 30 feet from the centre of the goal. A player, starting no further than the nearest blue line, may skate towards the puck and shoot it from its positioned spot into the goal.
  • Shots must be on goal to be calculated and all shots are recorded by radar in miles per hour.
  • If a puck enters the goal uncalculated due to a malfunction of the radar equipment, the shooter will be allowed an additional attempt.
  • If player breaks his stick he will be given another attempt.

Tie Situation

  • If at the completion of the event there is a tie for the fastest speed the two players will shoot again to determine the winner.

 

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ACCURACY SHOOTING

 

Another regular fan favourite, the Accuracy Shooting competition is back, though this time it comes with a new twist — and a fifth target on which to shoot. Featured in this year’s competition is some new technology, which will show the players which target to aim for, rather than the shooter choosing where to focus. As always, this is a timed event, and the winner will be the player who hits all five targets the fastest.

 

Participants

  • Brian Boyle, New Jersey Devils
  • Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets
  • James Neal, Vegas Golden Knights
  • Brock Boeser, Vancouver Canucks
  • Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins
  • Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
  • Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

Procedure/Rules

  • Shooter is positioned 25 feet out from the goal line.
  • Player shoots pucks at five LED targets located in net.
  • On the referee’s whistle, one of the five LED targets will randomly light up for three seconds and the player will attempt to hit the lit target.
  • If target is hit the target will be lit red and be taken out of the random sequencing.
  • If target is not hit in the allotted three secs, the random sequence will light up the next target.
  • Time stops when the player has successfully hit all five targets.

Tie Situation

  • If at the completion of the event there is a tie for the fastest time the two players will compete again to determine the winner.

 

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Boeser Edition

 

 

Blog Boeser, All-Star edition... Canucks rookie checks in from Tampa Bay:

 

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Hey guys, 

 

Brock here. It's Friday morning and I'm at the airport in Vancouver awaiting takeoff to Tampa Bay for the NHL All-Star Game! It's 6 am right now, meaning I didn't get much sleep last night; it's tough to crash right away after a game. That's why I'm writing this now because as soon as I get on the plane, I'll be lights out, good night, wake me in Tampa.

 

 

I've had a few people in the airport congratulate me and wish me luck and that's kind of making this trip sink in a bit more. I didn't want to focus on it and look past our games this week. Now that it's here I can honestly say I'm nervous. I'm not too sure what to expect. This is a big stage with the best players in the NHL, so I'm looking to have some fun and meet some of the guys. Those are my main goals this weekend. Scoring a few goals would be nice too! 

 

I don't know many of the guys attending except Auston Matthews and Drew Doughty, I've met him a few times. I'll lean on them a bit until I know what's what. My mom, dad, brother and sister, and some cousins, are coming in for the events, so I'll have a great support system as always. I appreciate the well wishes over social media from you Canucks fans too. 

 

I've been thinking a lot about the skills competition Saturday and participating in the accuracy shooting challenge would be nice. I haven't found out yet what I'm in, so cross your fingers for me. It's funny, there's actually highlights from past all-star games on the TVs in the airport right now and they're showing Daniel Sedin's record setting four-for-four in 7.3 seconds in the accuracy event from 2011. What a sniper. Now that's intimidating. Watch me miss all the targets. What a nightmare.  

 

Walking to my gate just now I ran into Alex Biega, who is heading to California with his family for the break. Some of the guys were heading to Whistler to relax and rejuvenate. I hope everyone, teammates and fans alike, have a great few days away from the rink. Me, I'm pumped I'll be at the rink, and I'll do my best to blog everyday so we can experience all-star 2018 together. 

 

Talk to you soon! 

 

Brock

 

SKILLS COMPETITION UPDATE!

 

 

https://www.nhl.com/canucks/news/vancouver-canucks-brock-boeser-all-star-blog/c-295340232

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Never really watched these, mainly because there is too much down time, nothing happening. But also because the skills are so basic and doesn’t really show off the reason these guys are in the NHL vs. AHL.

 

Love the new target shooting, passing and puck control relay comps. Adding in quick decision making for the shooting and relay; And adding movement in the passing challenge. All things that separate NHLers from the AHLers.

 

Would love to see a fastest skater event where they measure quickest to get to top speed; or whoever can get the highest top speed or something like that. For Goalies I’d love to see explosion drills to show off how fast these guys can move around the crease or some kind of rapid shooting where the have to save 5 shots in 2 seconds. Maybe have junior goalies do the drills as well (like they do for fastest shot and skater) to give people a reference.

 

I just want more events that show off the unique talents these guy have that make them elite. It won’t be as fun for the casual viewer but at least the more active fans will watch and care. 

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4 hours ago, Art Vandelay said:

Never really watched these, mainly because there is too much down time, nothing happening. But also because the skills are so basic and doesn’t really show off the reason these guys are in the NHL vs. AHL.

 

Love the new target shooting, passing and puck control relay comps. Adding in quick decision making for the shooting and relay; And adding movement in the passing challenge. All things that separate NHLers from the AHLers.

 

Would love to see a fastest skater event where they measure quickest to get to top speed; or whoever can get the highest top speed or something like that. For Goalies I’d love to see explosion drills to show off how fast these guys can move around the crease or some kind of rapid shooting where the have to save 5 shots in 2 seconds. Maybe have junior goalies do the drills as well (like they do for fastest shot and skater) to give people a reference.

 

I just want more events that show off the unique talents these guy have that make them elite. It won’t be as fun for the casual viewer but at least the more active fans will watch and care. 

I agree. However some of the changes this year are finally a step in the right direction.

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5 minutes ago, mll said:

They know each other very well and were even roommates at the WJC camp.

Yeah I know. Just giving matthews grief since he was smack talking Boeser in our last game.  Not like Matthews is going to read this LOL.  If he did he has a serious ego issue.

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12 minutes ago, Rush17 said:

When does shooting accuracy take place? Do they have a rough timeline out?

I'd like to know too!  I've looked high and low. All I can find is the general start time for the whole thing.

 

Mostly interested in the shooting accuracy competition, but I'd like to watch the fastest skater just to see McJesus wipe out.

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