NEW YORK (January 20, 2015) – The 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ will mark the first on-ice matchup between Team Foligno, under the helm of Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno, and Team Toews, led by Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews. Each of the 48 All-Stars and Rookies will compete in at least one of the six rounds of skill-based contests. Fans can watch the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ live on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC and TVA Sports in Canada.
Each captain will lead the team selection process to determine which players will participate in the six Honda All-Star Skills Competition events:
•Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater™
•Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge™
•DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting™
•NHL Skills Challenge Relay™
•AMP NHL Hardest Shot™
•Discover NHL Shootout™
Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater™
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.
Points Available: 5 – The winner of each match-up scores one point; the team with the fastest skater scores one bonus point.
Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge™
Fans will have two opportunities to exercise their vote in the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge™. While five spots will be determined by team captains, one guaranteed spot in this event will be determined by the fans, who will vote on Twitter as part of the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge™ Fan Vote campaign.
The eligible candidates are forwards Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames, Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers and Ryan Johansen of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Fans can vote via Twitter for their favorite eligible player by including his hashtag – #NHLBreakawayGiroux, #NHLBreakawayJohansen, #NHLBreakawayGaudreau. Voting will open on Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. ET and close on Friday, Jan. 23 at 12 p.m. ET.
Each team will provide one goalie to participate in this challenge. Each shooter will attempt three shots, and teams will alternate after each shot. Style, creativity, and flair are encouraged. NHL penalty shot rules do not apply.
As soon as the last Breakaway Challenge 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 Breakaway Challenge winner and score one point for his team.
Points Available: 1 – The shooter with the highest percentage of fan votes scores one point.
DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting™
Four shooters from each team will participate, with two additional players serving as passers. This event will consist of four head-to-head match-ups, with 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.
Points Available: 5 –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 Relay™
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.
Points Available: 3 - 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 Shot™
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.
Points Available: 5 – 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 Shootout™
All 48 players will participate – 14 players, two goalies per round – 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. The pressure is high, and 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: 1 point for every goal scored; 2 points for every goal scored with a Discover card puck.