The fourth Annual "Ace's Got Skills" program, supported by the National Hockey League (NHL) and operated by RDW Marketing & Media, LLC (RDW), will hold its National Championships at the Walter A. Brown Arena Memorial Skating Pavilion in Boston June 27-29, 2008. The event, featuring 130 boys and girls from across the country including 10 players representing the Columbus Blue Jackets, was launched in memory of Garnet "Ace" Bailey. Ace was an 11-year veteran of the NHL and a two-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972. On September 11, 2001, Ace was performing his duties as director of pro scouting for the Los Angeles Kings when his plane struck one of the World Trade Center Towers.
Modeled after the NHL's popular All-Star SuperSkills Competition, the "Ace's Got Skills" program gives players ages 9-12 the opportunity to test their skills in skating, puck handling, shooting, and goaltending categories. Regional winners from 10 NHL markets will compete in the National Championships. Additionally, regional winners of the Sports Illustrated Kids Top Skills Award, given to the Squirt and Pee Wee players with the highest collective score from each of the individual challenges, will face off for the national title.
The NHL and RDW will be presenting the third Annual Peter Aquilone Memorial Award to two worthy recipients, Paul Marino of North Easton, MA and Timothy Soulas Jr. of Far Hills, NJ. The award honors the memory of Peter Aquilone, a former NHL employee who was actively involved in youth sports and played an instrumental role in the launching of the Got Skills program.
The following players will be representing the Columbus Blue Jackets in their given events: Hunter Morris (Fastest Skater, Accuracy, Hardest Shot, Shootout), Jack Roslovic (Fastest Skater, Shootout, Top Skills), Cameron Sangster (Accuracy, Hardest Shot), Joseph Gray (Fastest Skater, Accuracy, Shootout), Cody Mathess (Hardest Shot), Zach Klein (Goalie), Tyler Houmard (Fastest Skater), Julian Ebner (Fastest Skater, Accuracy, Hardest Shot, Shootout, Top Skills), Guy Philips (Fastest Skater), and Clayton Horvath (Goalie).
PDF of Columbus Blue Jackets Representatives
A portion of the "Ace's Got Skills" registration fee goes to the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation, which focuses on the well-being of hospitalized children undergoing medical treatment with the establishment of programs, environments, and professional services that ease the stress inherent in a hospital stay for children and their families.
BARBARA POTHIER, Executive Director of the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation
KATHY BAILEY, President of the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation
TODD BAILEY, Son of Ace Bailey
BOB SWEENEY, Director of Development, Boston Bruins Foundation
PAUL MARINO, Recipient of the Peter Aquilone Memorial Award
TIMOTHY SOULAS JR., Recipient of the Peter Aquilone Memorial Award
RON DUGUAY, Former New York Ranger
NICK FOTIU, Former New York Ranger
BOSTON BRUINS PLAYERS, TBA
Friday, June 27 1:30 p.m. Eastern Conference Opening Ceremonies 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Eastern Conference Finals
Saturday, June 28 8:30 a.m. Western Conference Opening Ceremonies 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Western Conference Finals
Sunday, June 29 9:00 a.m. National Finals for all skills events 11:00 a.m. SI Kids Top Skills National Finals 1:00 p.m. Got Skills East vs. West scrimmage 3:30 p.m. Closing&Awards Ceremony; appearance by special guests
Walter A. Brown Arena Memorial Skating Pavilion Boston, MA