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All-Star Captains Foligno, Toews Make Player Assignments For 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition

by BlueJackets.com Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (January 24, 2015) -- The National Hockey League announced today the All-Star and rookie assignments for tonight's 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills CompetitionTM at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. A fan favorite that has showcased hockey's top talent at NHL All-Star Weekend since 1990, the event will be broadcast live on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC and TVA Sports in Canada at 7 p.m., ET.

Team Foligno, captained by forward Nick Foligno of the All-Star host Columbus Blue Jackets, will compete against Team Toews, led by Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, throughout the night for points in the overall team vs. team competition. Individual champions also will be crowned. The NHL All-Stars and rookies will participate in six events:
* Bridgestone NHL Fastest SkaterTM * Honda NHL Breakaway ChallengeTM * DraftKings NHL Accuracy ShootingTM * Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge RelayTM * AMP NHL Hardest ShotTM * Discover NHL ShootoutT

Earlier today, Foligno and his assistant captains Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, plus Toews and his assistants Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Rick Nash of the New York Rangers, selected the skills participants from the teams they picked last night at the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy DraftTM presented by DraftKings. The order of participation will be determined by the captains just before the start of each event.

Bridgestone NHL Fastest SkaterTM
Team Foligno
Phil Kessel, TOR Jonathan Drouin, TB Jiri Sekac, MTL Zemgus Girgensons, BUF
Team Toews
Tyler Seguin, DAL Mike Hoffman, OTT Aaron Ekblad, FLA Vladimir Tarasenko, STL
Event description: Four players from each team will test their speed, facing off against an opponent in a two-skater race. The race track is the entire outside border of the ice. Timing devices will record each skater to determine who is the fastest. If a race ends in a tie, each of the teams will be awarded one point. If, at the completion of the event, the skaters who tied have the fastest overall time, the skaters will race again to determine which team receives the bonus point. Five team points are available. The winner of each match-up scores one point; the team with the fastest skater scores one bonus point.

Honda NHL Breakaway ChallengeTM
Team Foligno
Alex Ovechkin, WSH Claude Giroux, PHI Ryan Johansen, CBJ Brian Elliott, STL (goaltender)
Team Toews
Vladimir Tarasenko, STL Jakub Voracek, PHI Johnny Gaudreau, CGY Corey Crawford, CHI (goaltender)
Event description: A test of creativity a player can insert into a breakaway, three shooters and one goaltender from each team will participate. Columbus' Ryan Johansen was selected by fans to participate in this event in an online vote. Each skater will attempt three 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. The shooter with the highest fan vote will score one point for his team.

DraftKings NHL Accuracy ShootingTM
Team Foligno
Bobby Ryan, OTT Nick Foligno, CBJ Radim Vrbata, VAN Patrick Kane, CHI Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM (passer) Anze Kopitar, LAK (passer)
Team Toews
Ryan Getzlaf, ANA Patrice Bergeron, BOS John Tavares, NYI Jonathan Toews, CHI Rick Nash, NYR (passer) Patrik Elias, NJ (passer)
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. Five team points are available. The winner of each match-up scores one point; the player who hits all four targets in the fastest time scores the bonus point.

Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge RelayTM
Team Foligno
Relay 1
Drew Doughty, LAK (one-timer RH) Ryan Johansen, CBJ (one-timer RH) Steven Stamkos, TBL (one-timer RH) Brent Burns, SJS (one-time passer) Anze Kopitar, LAK (mini net passer) Kevin Shattenkirk, STL (puck control) Patrick Kane, CHI (stick handling) Carey Price, MTL (goalie goals)
Relay 2
Zemgus Girgensons, BUF (one-timer LH) Duncan Keith, CHI (one-timer LH) Nick Foligno, CBJ (one-timer LH) Jiri Sekac, MTL (one-time passer)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM (mini net passer) Drew Doughty, LAK (puck control) Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI (stick handling) Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT (goalie goals)
Team Toews
Relay 1
Shea Weber, NSH (one-timer RH) Justin Faulk, CAR (one-timer RH) Tyler Seguin, DAL (one-timer RH) Ryan Getzlaf, ANA (one-time passer) John Tavares, NYI (mini net passer) Johnny Gaudreau, CGY (puck control) Mike Hoffman, OTT (stick handling) Jaroslav Halak, NYI (goalie goals)
Relay 2
Mark Giordano, CGY (one-timer LH) Ryan Suter, MIN (one-timer LH) Jakub Voracek, PHI (one-timer LH) Patrice Bergeron, BOS (one-time passer) Tyler Johnson, TBL (mini net passer) Vladimir Tarasenko, STL (puck control) Filip Forsberg, NSH (stick handling) Roberto Luongo, FLA (goalie goals)

Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge RelayTM, continued
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 challenge must be completed before moving on to the next one. The goal is to finish all five challenges faster than the opponent. Three team points are available. The team with the fastest time in each heat scores one point; the team with the fastest overall time scores one bonus point.

AMP NHL Hardest ShotTM
Team Foligno
Alex Ovechkin, WSH Brent Burns, SJS Steven Stamkos, TBL Dustin Byfuglien, WPG
Team Toews
Brent Seabrook, CHI Aaron Ekblad, FLA Justin Faulk, CAR 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.

Discover NHL ShootoutTM
Team Foligno
Round 1 Alex Ovechkin, WSH Kevin Shattenkirk, STL Patrick Kane, CHI Dustin Byfuglien, WPG Zemgus Girgensons, BUF Nick Foligno, CBJ Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM Brian Elliott, STL (goaltender)
Round 2 Jonathan Drouin, TB Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI Brent Burns, SJS Jiri Sekac, MTL Duncan Keith, CHI Anze Kopitar, LAK Radim Vrbata, VAN Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT (goaltender)
Team Toews
Round 1 Patrice Bergeron, BOS Mike Hoffman, OTT Tyler Seguin, DAL Aaron Ekblad, FLA Shea Weber, NSH Vladimir Tarasenko, STL Ryan Suter, MIN Jaroslav Halak, NYI (goaltender)
Round 2 Justin Faulk, CAR Johnny Gaudreau, CGY John Tavares, NYI Brent Seabrook, CHI Patrik Elias, NJD Rick Nash, NYR Mark Giordano, CGY Roberto Luongo, FLA (goaltender)

Discover NHL ShootoutTM, continued
Team Foligno
Round 3 Bobby Ryan, OTT Phil Kessel, TOR Ryan Johansen, CBJ Drew Doughty, LAK Steven Stamkos, TBL Claude Giroux, PHI Nick Foligno, CBJ Carey Price, MTL (goaltender)
Team Toews
Round 3 Ryan Getzlaf, ANA John Tavares, NYI Jonathan Toews, CHI Filip Forsberg, NSH Tyler Seguin, DAL Jakub Voracek, PHI Rick Nash, NYR Corey Crawford, CHI (goaltender)
Event description: All players will participate in this three-round shootout. During each two- minute round, seven skaters and one goalie from each team will take the ice. The goalies will take their place in net, and the skaters will line up in the offensive zone, facing their opposing goalie. Each player is given 10 seconds to take a shot. Teams will alternate after each shot until the two-minute clock runs down. Every third puck will be a Discover card puck, which is worth more points. Each scoring attempt is officiated following NHL shootout rules. Points available: one point for every goal scored; two points for every goal scored with a Discover card puck.

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