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2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition Format

by Staff Writer / St. Louis Blues

See Vladimir Tarasenko, Kevin Shattenkirk and Brian Elliott at the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition. The action begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 on NBC Sports Network.

Below are the complete details on the format of Saturday's events.

1) Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater
2) Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge
3) DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting
4) Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay
5) Amp NHL Hardest Shot
6) Discover NHL Shootout

Competition Rules & Regulations

Decision Process

* The referee shall make all necessary rulings regarding the skills competition events.

* Prior to the competition the team captains will determine which players are participating in which event and order of participation.

* For Breakaway Challenge, fans select 1 player to participate via Twitter during the week of January 19th.

* Tie Situation -- Captains participate in a shootout if the competition ends in a tie. Captains chose their Goalie.

EVENT 1 - Fastest Skater

Blues Participating: Vladimir Tarasenko

Participants

* Four skaters from each team

Points

* Five points available
* Winner of each match up scores one point
* The team with the player who has the fastest time scores one bonus point

Procedure / Rules

* The contest consists of four races, (two players skating at one time).
* One skater from each team is positioned side by side on the start line, both skaters race towards the same end zone, both turn outward, skate to the opposite end zone, turn back and skate past centre ice to the finish line.
* The winner of each match is the skater with the fastest time as recorded by the timing devices.

In case of a clock malfunction, the official time will be recorded by the referee’s stopwatch.

Tie Situation

* If a race ends in a tie, each of the teams will be awarded a point. If at the completion of the event the skaters who tied have the fastest overall time then the skaters will race again to determine which team receives the bonus point.

EVENT 2 - Breakaway Challenge

Blues Participating: Vladimir Tarasenko, Brian Elliott

Participants

* Three shooters & one goalie from each team

Points

* One point available
* Shooter with highest percentage of Fan votes scores one point

Procedure / Rules

* Shooters can start their routine from anywhere in the neutral zone and have full access to the offensive Zone, including behind the net. (NHL penalty shot rules do not apply)
* Each skater will attempt three shots.
* Players alternate after each skater attempts one shot.
* The in-arena and television audiences will vote via Twitter for their choice of winner.

EVENT 3 - Accuracy Shooting

Participants

* Four players from each team compete
* Two passers from each team

Points

* Five points available
* Winner of each match up scores one point
* The team with the player who has the fastest time scores one bonus point

Procedure / Rules

* Four head-to-head matches featuring one shooter from each team.
* Four destructible styrofoam targets 15 inches in diameter are attached to the goal posts, one target in each corner.
* Two players, one on each side of the net, alternately pass pucks to a shooter positioned 25 feet out from the goal line.
* Shooters compete at opposite ends of the rink, alternating attempts.
* The shooter who hits all four targets in the least amount of time wins the match.
* Any contact of a target by a puck that is shot is scored as a hit.

Tie Situation

* If a match up ends in a tie, each of the teams will be awarded a point. If at the completion of the event the players who tied have the fastest overall time then the players will compete again to determine which team receives the bonus point.

EVENT 4 - Skills Challenge Relay

Blues Participating: Kevin Shattenkirk

Participants

* 14 skaters & two goalies from each team

Points

* Three points available
* Fastest time in each heat scores one point
* The team with the fastest overall time scores one bonus point

Procedure / Rules

* Event consist of 4 relays with the following skills;

One timers -- three shooters, 1 passer (Each shooter must score two goals)
Passing -- one passer (Passer must complete a pass into each of the four nets)
Puck Control Relay -- one skater (Skater with puck skates through a series of cones)
Stick Handling -- one skater (Skater controls puck through a series of pucks)
Goalie Goals -- one goalie (Goalie must score two goals)

* For one of the relay's the one timer shooters must be lefties and for the other relay they must be righties
* Each skill must be completed before moving on to the next skill. Referee whistles/signals start of next skill
* This is a timed event, with the fastest time winning.

Tie Situation

* If both teams in the same heat have the same fastest time, each team will be awarded a point. If at the completion of the event the heat, which recorded a tie, is the fastest overall time then both teams will be awarded a bonus point.

EVENT 5 - Hardest Shot

Participants

* Four players from each team

Points

* Five points available
* Winner of each match up scores one point
* The team with the player who has the fastest speed scores one bonus point

Procedure / Rules

* Four head-to-head matches featuring one shooter from each team.
* Players alternate shots. Two attempts for each player.
* A single puck is positioned on the ice 30 feet from the center of the goal. A player, starting no further than the nearest blue line, may skate towards the puck and shoot it from its positioned spot into the goal. The highest recorded shot (in mph) of two attempts will be scored.
* Shots must be on goal to be calculated and all shots are recorded by radar in miles per hour.
* If a puck enters the goal uncalculated due to a malfunction of the radar equipment, the shooter will be allowed an additional attempt.
* If player breaks his stick he will be given another attempt.

Tie Situation

* If a match up ends in a tie, each of the teams will be awarded a point. If at the completion of the event the players who tied have the fastest overall speed then the players will compete again to determine which team receives the bonus point.

EVENT 6 - Shootout

Blues Participating: Brian Elliott, Kevin Shattenkirk, Vladimir Tarasenko

Participants

* 21 Skaters and three goalies from each team.

Points

* Goals scored using game pucks count as one point
* Goals scored using a Discover Card puck count as two points

Procedure / Rules

* Event consists of three rounds
* Each round is two minutes
* Seven skaters and one goalie from each team participate in each round
* For each round the clock is set for two minutes, a goalie from each team is in their net and seven players from each team are lined up to face the opposing goalie
* Each round begins on the referees whistle and the first player to shoot is from the team that is trailing in overall competition points. If the score is tied the home team shoots first.
* Teams alternate shooting and each player has a maximum of 10 seconds to take a shot
* The seven participating players in each round continue rotation in a round until time runs out
* Every third puck put in to play will be a Discover Card puck
* Each scoring attempt is officiated in accordance with NHL shootout rules.

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