Honda NHL SuperSkills Competition

Format, scoring and rules

  2009 SuperSkills lineup and results | Results, 1990-2009


 1) Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater

 2) Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge

 3) Upper Deck YoungStars Game

 4) McDonald’s Accuracy Shooting

 5) Cisco Hardest Shot

 6) Gatorade NHL Elimination Shoot Out

  Competition Rules and Regulations

  Decision Process

•   The referee shall make all necessary rulings regarding the skills competition events.


  EVENT 1 - Bridgestone NHL FASTEST SKATER  


 •   Four players compete  

  Procedure / Rules

 •   The contest consists of four individual races.

 •   Starting from a standing position at the centre line, on the referee’s  whistle, the skater completes one lap of the arena surface. The player has the option of skating in either direction.

 •   Winners are determined by electric eyes that record time in thousandths of a second. In case of a clock malfunction, the official time will be recorded by the referee’s stop watch.

 •   The player with the fastest time wins

  Tie Situation

 •   The tied skaters will skate again.

 •   If there is still a tie then the tied skaters will be named co-winners.

 •   Both qualifying and winning times will be recorded




 •   Six Shooters and one Goalie.

  Procedure / Rules

 •   Shooters can start their routine from anywhere in the offensive zone and have full access to the offensive Zone, including behind the net. (NHL penalty shot rules do not apply)

 •   Each skater will have one minute to take as many attempts as the player wants.

 •   The in arena and television audience will vote by mobile text message for their choice of winner. The player with the most votes wins.


  EVENT 3 - YOUNGSTARS GAME presented by Upper Deck  

  Sophomore vs. Rookie Challenge  


 •   Nine skaters and one goalie per team.

  Procedure / Rules

 •   Three on three.

 •   Three six minute periods.

 •   All NHL Playing Rules (the “Rules”) shall apply except where superseded by these rules

 •   There will be one faceoff to start each period and the game clock will run continuously unless a penalty shot is called. Stop time for final minute of play in each period.

 •   After goals, the team that scored must concede puck possession and all three players must retreat to their defensive side of center ice. Once all three players clear centre the goalie who was scored upon puts the puck into play when signaled by the referee.

 •   If the puck leaves the Playing surface, a new puck will be immediately provided to the team that did not last touch the puck before it left the playing surface.

 •   When a scoring chance results in the puck being frozen, all 3 players on the offensive team must clear the blue line before they can attack.

 •   A violation of the Rules which would normally result in a penalty will result in a penalty shot being awarded to the non-offending team.

 •   A violation of the Rules which would not normally result in a penalty, such as offside or icing, will result in surrendering puck possession to the non-offending team.

 •   Penalty shots will be taken in accordance with the Rules except that if no goal is scored, play will be “live” immediately after the penalty shot is taken.

  Tie Situation

 •   If the teams are tied after three periods there will be sudden death two on two play for one minute. If still tied then sudden death one on one play starts until a goal is scored.




 • Eight Players compete.  

  Procedure / Rules

 •   Four destructible styrofoam targets 15 inches in diameter are attached to the goal posts, one target in each corner.

 •   Two players, one on each side of the goal, alternately pass four pucks each to a shooter positioned 25 feet out from the goal line.

  Qualifying Round

 •   The shooter has a maximum of eighteen seconds to shoot up to eight pucks in an attempt to hit each of the four targets.

 •   Any contact of a target by a puck that is shot is scored as a hit.

 •   Multiple hits on the same target do not increase the shooter’s score. Passes that are not received by the shooter qualify as attempts.




 •   Six players compete.  

  Procedure / Rules

 •   A single puck is positioned on the ice 30 feet from the center 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. The highest recorded shot (in mph) of two attempts will be scored.

 •   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  

 •   The tied players shoot again until one player has the fastest shot.


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 •   36 shooters and four goalies.

  Procedure / Rules

 •   Before the competition the four goalies will conduct a random draw to determine the nine shooters that they will face in the first round.

 •   Shooters that score move on to the next round.

 •   Each scoring attempt is officiated in accordance with NHL shootout rules.

 •   The winner of the contest will be the player who scores in the final round and all the other player(s) miss.

  First Round

•   One shot per player

 •    Each goalie faces six attempts. Goalies with the best goals against average will also move on. The number of goalies that move on will be dependent upon the number of shooters that score in the first round.

  Subsequent Rounds

 •   Shooters who score will continue move on to the next round in the shootout.

 •   Rounds continue until only one player scores and the other(s) don’t.

 •   The last scoring shooter wins.

SuperSkills Competition Results, 1990-2009

Fastest Skater    
(Individual Event)    
2009 Andrew Cogliano 14.31 seconds
2008 Shawn Horcoff 14.395 seconds*
2007 Andy McDonald 14.030 seconds
2004 Scott Niedermayer 13.783 seconds
2003 Marian Gaborik 13.713 seconds
2002 Sami Kapanen 14.039 seconds
2001 Bill Guerin 13.690 seconds
2000 Sami Kapanen 13.649 seconds
1999 Peter Bondra 14.640 seconds
1998 Scott Niedermayer 13.560 seconds
1997 Peter Bondra 13.610 seconds
1996 Mike Gartner 13.386 seconds
1994 Sergei Fedorov 13.525 seconds
1993 Mike Gartner 13.510 seconds
1992 Sergei Fedorov 14.363 seconds
* revised format    
Elimination Shootout    
(Individual Event)    
2009 Shane Doan  
2008 Dion Phaneuf  
Shooting Accuracy    
(Individual Event)    
2009 Evgeni Malkin 3 hits, 4 shots
2008 Tomas Kaberle 4 hits, 5 shots
2007 Eric Staal / Marian Hossa 4 hits, 5 shots
2004 Jeremy Roenick 4 hits, 4 shots
2003 Jeremy Roenick 4 hits, 6 shots
2002 Jarome Iginla / Markus Naslund 4 hits, 6 shots
2001 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 6 shots
2000 Ray Bourque / Viktor Kozlov 4 hits, 5 shots
1999 Ray Bourque / Jeremy Roenick / Keith Tkachuk 4 hits, 6 shots
1998 Ray Bourque / Peter Forsberg / Brendan Shanahan 4 hits, 6 shots
1997 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 7 shots
1996 Mark Messier 4 hits, 4 shots
1994 Brendan Shanahan 4 hits, 5 shots
1993 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 4 shots
1992 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 4 shots
1991 Mark Messier 4 hits, 6 shots
1990 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 7 shots
Hardest Shot    
(Individual Event)    
2009 Zdeno Chara 105.4 mph
2008 Zdeno Chara 103.1 mph
2007 Zdeno Chara 100.4 mph
2004 Adrian Aucoin 102.2 mph
2003 Al MacInnis 98.9 mph
2002 Sergei Fedorov 101.5 mph
2001 Fredrik Modin 102.1 mph
2000 Al MacInnis 100.1 mph
1999 Al MacInnis 98.5 mph
1998 Al MacInnis 100.4 mph
1997 Al MacInnis 98.9 mph
1996 Dave Manson 98.0 mph
1994 Al Iafrate 102.7 mph
1993 Al Iafrate 105.2 mph
1992 Al MacInnis 93.0 mph
1991 Al MacInnis 94.0 mph
1990 Al Iafrate 96.0 mph
Breakaway Challenge    
(Individual Event)    
2009 Alex Ovechkin 42.8% (Fan Vote)
2008 Alex Ovechkin  
 SuperSkills Conference Winners  
2008 Eastern Conference
2007 Eastern Conference
2004 Eastern Conference
2003 Western Conference
2002 World All-Stars
2001 North American All-Stars
2000 World All-Stars
1999 World All-Stars
1998 World All-Stars
1997 Eastern Conference
1996 Western Conference
1994 Western Conference
1993 Campbell Conference
1992 Wales Conference
1991 Wales Conference
1990 Campbell Conference
Goaltenders Competition
(Fewest goals against in In the Zone and Shootout/Breakaway Relay Events)  
2007 Roberto Luongo 0 GA, 12 shots
2004 Roberto Luongo 1 GA, 12 shots
2003 Patrick Roy 1 GA, 9 shots
2002 Dominik Hasek / Patrick Roy 1 GA, 9 shots
2001 *Sean Burke 4 GA, 13 shots
2000 Mike Richter 2 GA, 16 shots
1999 Arturs Irbe 2 GA, 16 shots
1998 Dominik Hasek 3 GA, 16 shots
1997 John Vanbiesbrouck 2 GA, 16 shots
1996 Dominik Hasek 4 GA, 16 shots
1994 John Vanbiesbrouck / Patrick Roy 4 GA, 16 shots
1993 **Jon Casey 5 GA, 30 shots
1992 Mike Richter 2 GA, 25 shots
1991 Patrick Roy 2 GA, 25 shots
1990 Kirk McLean 4 GA, 27 shots
* Burke won in a penalty shot tie-breaker with Evgeni Nabokov, both goaltenders posted two goals-against in the Breakaway Relay and the Pass and Score events.  
 ** Casey won in a penalty shot tie-breaker with Mike Vernon and Ed Belfour, each of whom also had 5 goals against in the Breakaway Relay and Rapid Fire competitions.