NHL All-Star assignments set for Skills Competition

Take your knowledge of the NHL Skills Competition to the next level as we walk you through the intricacies of each event.

The National Hockey League unveiled the All-Star assignments for Saturday night’s Skills Competition at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

Team captains Jaromir Jagr, John Tavares, Patrick Kane, and John Scott delegated roles for their fellow All-Stars who will compete in the competition’s six events. The Eastern Conference and Western Conference will square-off in a battle for points.

The six events set for the 2016 Skill Competition include the fastest skater, breakaway challenge, accuracy shooting, skill challenge relay, hardest shot, and shootout competitions.

Here’s a look at who will be competing, via official NHL release.

Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater

Eastern Conference: Dylan Larkin (DET), Brandon Saad (CBJ), Erik Karlsson (OTT), Kris Letang (PIT)

Western Conference: Roman Josi (NSH), Matt Duchene (COL), Taylor Hall (EDM) Dustin Byfuglien (WPG)

Event description: Four players from each team will test their speed, facing off against an opponent in a two-skater race. The race track for the head-to-head match-ups is the border of the rink split in half lengthways. Timing devices will record each skater to determine the winner of each match. If a race ends in a tie, each of the teams will be awarded one point. The skater with the fastest time in the head-to-head match-ups will skate a full lap of the outside border of the rink, in the direction of their choosing, in an attempt to break Mike Gartner’s record (13.386). Points Available: 6 – The winner of each match-up scores one point; the team with the fastest skater scores a bonus point; if the fastest skater is successful in breaking Mike Gartner’s
record an additional bonus point will be awarded.

Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge

Eastern Conference: Saad, Evgeny Kuznetsov (WSH), P.K. Subban (MTL), Cory Schneider (NJD)

Western Conference: James Neal (NSH), Duchene, Brent Burns (SJS), Jonathan Quick (LAK)

Event description:
A test of creativity a player can insert into a breakaway, three shooters and one goaltender from each team will participate. Columbus’ Brandon Saad was selected by fans to participate in this event in an online vote. Each skater will attempt two shots. NHL penalty shot rules do not apply. Fans in-arena and watching on television will be able to vote for their favorite player on Twitter by casting their vote using the hashtag that corresponds to the player of their choice. Points Available: 1 – The shooter with the highest fan vote will score one point for his team.

DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting

Eastern Conference: John Tavares (NYI), Patrice Bergeron (BOS), Claude Giroux (PHI), Evgeni Malkin (PIT), Nicklas Backstrom (WSH), Jaromir Jagr (FLA)

Western Conference: Patrick Kane (CHI), Joe Pavelski (SJS), Corey Perry (ANA), Jamie Benn (DAL), Drew Doughty (LAK), Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)

Event description: Four players from each team will compete, with two additional players serving as passers. This event will consist of four head-to-head match-ups, one shooter from each team per round. The goal is to hit four 15-inch diameter targets located in each corner of the net. The teams will be situated at opposite ends of the rink, and will alternate shot attempts. The first shooter to hit all four targets wins. Points Available: 5 –The winner of each match-up scores one point; the player who hits all four targets in the fastest time scores the bonus point.

AMP NHL Hardest Shot

Eastern Conference: Aaron Ekblad (FLA), Malkin, Steven Stamkos (TBL), Subban

Western Conference: Byfuglien, Tyler Seguin (DAL), John Scott, Shea Weber (NSH)

Event description: Four shooters from each team will test their slap shot skill in a head-to-head match-up. Each player will attempt two shots, with teams alternating after each player. One puck will be placed 30 feet from the center of the net. Each shot will be calculated in miles per hour (mph), with the highest speed of their two shots recorded. Five team points are available. The winner of each match-up scores one point; the team with the player who has the fastest speed scores one bonus point.

Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay

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Event description: This timed relay event – involving 14 skaters and one goalie from each team – will consist of five challenges: One-Timers, with three shooters and one passer per team; Passing, with one passer per team; Puck Control, with one skater per team; Stick-Handling, with one skater per team; and Goalie Goals, with one goalie per team. Each skill must be completed before moving on to the next challenge with the exception of one timers, passing and goalie goals, in which a maximum of forty-five seconds will be allocated. The goal is to finish all five challenges faster than the opponent. Points Available: 3 – The team with the fastest time in each heat scores one point; the team with the fastest overall time scores one bonus point.

Discover NHL Shootout

All players and goaltenders will participate in the shootout portion of the Skills Competition.

Event description: 18 skaters and three goaltenders from each team will participate in the three-round shootout. During each two-minute round, six skaters and one goalie from each team will take the ice. Teams will alternate after each shot with each player having a maximum of 10 seconds to take a shot. Players one and three from each team will be designated Discover puck players; each goal scored by these players will count as two points. NHL shootout rules apply to each scoring attempt. Points Available: 1 point for every goal scored and 2 points for every goal scored with a Discover puck.

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