The Ducks will send local youth hockey players Connor Reid and Morgen Redd to the 2011 National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game in Raleigh, NC for winning the inaugural Anaheim Ducks G.O.A.L. Mini 1-on-1 Tournament. Reid (shooter) and Redd (goalie) defeated Drake Usher (shooter) and Martin Torres (goalie) in a sudden-death match at Honda Center on Sunday, Nov. 21 during the first intermission of the Anaheim Ducks vs. Edmonton Oilers contest.
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This season, the Ducks partnered with the NHL and USA Hockey for the Mini 1-on-1 Tournament, a new initiative to showcase the skills of local youth hockey players. Boys and girls age 10-and-under (Squirt division) were invited to participate in the Mini 1-on-1, part of the Anaheim Ducks G.O.A.L. (Growth, Outreach & Awareness Locally) program. A total of 60 Squirt competitors participated in the first round, which was held on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Honda Center. Both skaters and goaltenders were eligible to compete in the single-elimination tournament, with the eventual winners receiving all expenses paid trips to the NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh, NC on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011.
For an entry fee of $30, each participant had the opportunity to skate on Honda Center’s ice and test their skills against local competitors. In addition, every child in the tournament received a ticket to the Ducks’ contest on Nov. 21 vs. the Edmonton Oilers at Honda Center to watch the final round between Reid/Redd and Usher/Torres. Each shooter had three breakaway opportunities to score on the opposing goalie. After a tie score in regulation, three sudden-death rounds ensued, with the Reid/Redd team emerging victorious. After the win, Reid stated, “I did this for my Dad who is serving our country in Afghanistan.”