Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene is one of three eligible candidates that fans can vote on to take part in the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge™, one of the events at the Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Saturday, Jan. 30, at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
While five of the six spots in the event will be decided by team captains from the Western and Eastern Conferences, one guaranteed spot will be determined by fans via Twitter. Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings and Brandon Saad of the Columbus Blue Jackets are also in the Twitter vote.
Fans can vote for Duchene via Twitter by including his hashtag, #NHLBreakawayDuchene, in tweets. Voting opens on Tuesday at 10 a.m. MT and closes on Thursday at 3 p.m. MT.
The Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge™ gives each shooter two attempts against one goalie, and each team will alternate after each shot. Style, creativity, and flair are encouraged. NHL penalty shot rules do not apply.
As soon as the last competitor completes his routine, fans in-arena and watching on television in the U.S. and Canada will get another opportunity to make their case on Twitter by casting their vote using the hashtag that corresponds to the player of their choice. The shooter with the highest fan vote will be crowned the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge™ winner and score one point for his team.
The Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition, showcasing hockey's top talent, is part of All-Star Weekend in Nashville, Tennessee. The annual skills event begins at 5 p.m. MT and will televised nationally on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC, SportsNet and TVA Sports in Canada.
The 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game is on Sunday and features a 3-on-3 tournament between the Central, Pacific, Atlantic and Metropolitan Divisions.
Duchene, who will be on the Central Division squad, will represent the Avalanche at his second All-Star Game. He also participated in the 2011 competition in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Haliburton, Ontario, native leads Colorado in goals (22), points (40), game-winning goals (4-tied), faceoff percentage (56.5 percent) and takeaways (34). He also ranks second on the club in shots (144) and power-play tallies (6).