Ace's Got Skills makes its fifth appearance to Columbus, when they visit Nationwide Arena on Sunday for a morning full of fun and excitement for Columbus area youth hockey players!
This year's competition dates and times are as follows:
February 22, 2008 – Nationwide Arena
9:00 AM: Squirt Travel
10:45 AM: Pee Wee Travel
1:00 PM: Squirt House
1:00 PM: Pee Wee House
The Ace's Got Skills Competition is open to boys and girls playing at the Squirt and Pee Wee levels, where participants are divided into "Travel" and "House" to create the most balanced competitive environment. Winners at both levels will be invited to the National Tournament in the spring, where they will represent the Columbus Blue Jackets. The competition tests skill level in five different categories: Skating, Shooting Accuracy, Hardest Shot, Breakaway Shootout and goaltending.
Launched in September 2004, Ace's Got Skills is modeled after the NHL's All-Star Super Skills Competition. More than 120 kids representing 92 U.S. cities competed at the National Championships last year. They were winners of the 10 regional/local Got Skills competitions, which were held and hosted by NHL clubs during the past season: the Blue Jackets, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, Nashville Predators, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes and Washington Capitals.
A portion of the registration fees benefit the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation, an organization dedicated to the well being of children undergoing major medical treatment in hospitals. The foundation seeks to improve hospital programs, environments and professional services that reduce the stress of hospitalization for newborns, children and their families.
The competition and foundation's namesake, Ace Bailey, played 11 seasons in the NHL on five different teams and won two Stanley Cup trophies with the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972. After his playing career, he joined the Edmonton Oilers scouting staff before serving as the Director of Pro Scouting for the Los Angeles Kings for seven years. He was killed on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks as he was on board a flight to Los Angeles for the Kings’ training camp.
To register online or for more information, please visit https://www.acesgotskills.com. If your players want to participate as a team activity (which the kids really enjoy), it may be easier for a team manager to collect the applications and forward to us via fax or mail.