ST. LOUIS - If you're anything like us, you've watched the NHL All-Star Skills Competitions and thought - I wonder how the Blues would fare in these challenges.
Well, you're about to get your answer.
Blues players will participate in a Skills Competition on Sunday morning on the ice at Busch Stadium during the One Nation Classic closing ceremonies, which also feature St. Louis' Greatest Pick-Up Hockey Game and a First Responders game.
Tickets for the One Nation Classic are just $10 each and include access to all three events. Proceeds benefit Blues for Kids, youth hockey development in St. Louis and Cardinals Care. Tickets are available to purchase online right now and will also be available at the Box Office at Busch Stadium prior to the event.
Here are teams and competitions for Sunday's event (subject to change):
Team Pietrangelo: Jake Allen, Jay Bouwmeester, Joel Edmundson, Robby Fabbri, Dmitrij Jaskin, Colton Parayko, Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, Vladimir Tarasenko, Scottie Upshall and Nail Yakupov.
Team Steen: Patrik Berglund, Kyle Brodziak, Brad Hunt, Carter Hutton, Jori Lehtera, David Perron, Ryan Reaves, Jaden Schwartz, Paul Stastny and Alexander Steen.
Three players from each team will take shots at four targets in each corner of the net. Each individual matchup will be worth one point, and the hardest shot from each team will go head-to-head in the accuracy shooting final, which will be worth one additional point the winner's team.
Matchup 1: Kevin Shattenkirk vs. Ryan Reaves
Matchup 2: Vladimir Tarasenko vs. David Perron
Matchup 3: Robby Fabbri vs. Jaden Schwartz
Three players from each team will take three shots at the net to determine the hardest shot. Each individual matchup will be worth one point, and the player with the fastest shot overall will earn an extra point for his team.
Matchup 1: Patrik Berglund vs. Nail Yakupov
Matchup 2: Kyle Brodziak vs. Dmitrij Jaskin
Matchup 3: Brad Hunt vs. Colton Parayko
Each team will be given 10 pucks inside the center circle. If a player scores on a breakaway, he steps aside to watch the relay. If he misses, he must retrieve the puck, bring it back to center ice and wait to go again. The first team to score 10 goals will win. Each goal is worth one team point, while each save is also worth one team point. The first team to score 10 goals will also receive an extra point. After the competition, Jake Allen will take a breakaway on Carter Hutton before Hutton returns the favor.
Each team will have five players and a goalie. Players will lineup single file and skate counter clockwise around the rink, passing their stick off to the next player after they complete a lap until all five players have raced. Once the skaters have finished, the goaltenders for each team will attempt to shoot five pucks into the net. The first team to finish the relay with their goalie scoring five times will earn a point.
Team Pietrangelo: Joel Edmundson, Carl Gunnarsson, Colton Parayko, Nail Yakupov, Robby Fabbri, Jake Allen
Team Steen: Brad Hunt, Jori Lehtera, David Perron, Ryan Reaves, Patrik Berglund, Carter Hutton
Team Pietrangelo and Team Steen will compete in 3-on-3 action to close out the skills competition. Each goal scorer will collect one point for his team.
For more information on the One Nation Classic event or to purchase tickets online, visit stlouisblues.com/onenationclassic