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Giordano, Gaudreau to compete in All-Star Skills Competition

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

COLUMBUS, OH -- Mark Giordano and Johnny Gaudreau will both compete in the 2015 NHL All-Stars Skills Competition on Saturday night.

Giordano, who will also play in tomorrow's NHL All-Star Game, will participate in the Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay™ and Discover NHL Shootout™.

Gaudreau will take part in the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge™, the Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay™, and the Discover NHL Shootout™.

Both Flames will compete for Team Toews in tonight's events.

CBC will carry tonight's broadcast at 5:00 PM MT.

2015 NHL ALL-STAR SKILLS COMPETITION

Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater™

Team Foligno - Team Toews

Phil Kessel, TOR - Tyler Seguin, DAL

Jonathan Drouin, TB - Mike Hoffman, OTT

Jiri Sekac, MTL - Aaron Ekblad, FLA

Zemgus Girgensons, BUF - Vladimir Tarasenko, STL

Event description: 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. Five team points are available. The winner of each match-up scores one point; the team with the fastest skater scores one bonus point.

Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge™

Team Foligno - Team Toews

Alex Ovechkin, WSH - Vladimir Tarasenko, STL

Claude Giroux, PHI - Jakub Voracek, PHI

Ryan Johansen, CBJ - Johnny Gaudreau, CGY

Brian Elliott, STL (goaltender) - Corey Crawford, CHI (goaltender)

Event description: A test of creativity a player can insert into a breakaway, three shooters and one goaltender from each team will participate. Columbus' Ryan Johansen was selected by fans to participate in this event in an online vote. Each skater will attempt three shots. NHL penalty shot rules do not apply. Fans in-arena and watching on television will be able to vote for their favorite player 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 score one point for his team.

DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting™

Team Foligno - Team Toews

Bobby Ryan, OTT - Ryan Getzlaf, ANA

Nick Foligno, CBJ - Patrice Bergeron, BOS

Radim Vrbata, VAN - John Tavares, NYI

Patrick Kane, CHI - Jonathan Toews, CHI

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM (passer) - Rick Nash, NYR (passer)

Anze Kopitar, LAK (passer) - Patrik Elias, NJ (passer)

Event description: Four players from each team will compete, with two additional players serving as passers. This event will consist of four head-to-head match-ups, 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. Five team points are available. 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™

Team Foligno - Team Toews

Relay 1

Drew Doughty, LAK (one-timer RH) - Shea Weber, NSH (one-timer RH)

Ryan Johansen, CBJ (one-timer RH) - Justin Faulk, CAR (one-timer RH)

Steven Stamkos, TBL (one-timer RH) - Tyler Seguin, DAL (one-timer RH)

Brent Burns, SJS (one-time passer) - Ryan Getzlaf, ANA (one-time passer)

Anze Kopitar, LAK (mini net passer) - John Tavares, NYI (mini net passer)

Kevin Shattenkirk, STL (puck control) - Johnny Gaudreau, CGY (puck control)

Patrick Kane, CHI (stick handling) - Mike Hoffman, OTT (stick handling)

Carey Price, MTL (goalie goals) - Jaroslav Halak, NYI (goalie goals)

Relay 2

Zemgus Girgensons, BUF (one-timer LH) - Mark Giordano, CGY (one-timer LH)

Duncan Keith, CHI (one-timer LH) - Ryan Suter, MIN (one-timer LH)

Nick Foligno, CBJ (one-timer LH) - Jakub Voracek, PHI (one-timer LH)

Jiri Sekac, MTL (one-time passer) - Patrice Bergeron, BOS (one-time passer)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM (mini net passer) - Tyler Johnson, TBL (mini net passer)

Drew Doughty, LAK (puck control) - Vladimir Tarasenko, STL (puck control)

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI (stick handling) - Filip Forsberg, NSH (stick handling)

Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT (goalie goals) - Roberto Luongo, FLA (goalie goals)

Event description: 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. Three team points are available. 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™

Team Foligno - Team Toews

Alex Ovechkin, WSH - Brent Seabrook, CHI

Brent Burns, SJS - Aaron Ekblad, FLA

Steven Stamkos, TBL - Justin Faulk, CAR

Dustin Byfuglien, WPG - Shea Weber, NSH

Event description: 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. Five team points are available. 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™

Team Foligno - Team Toews

Round 1

Alex Ovechkin, WSH - Patrice Bergeron, BOS

Kevin Shattenkirk, STL - Mike Hoffman, OTT

Patrick Kane, CHI - Tyler Seguin, DAL

Dustin Byfuglien, WPG - Aaron Ekblad, FLA

Zemgus Girgensons, BUF - Shea Weber, NSH

Nick Foligno, CBJ - Vladimir Tarasenko, STL

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM - Ryan Suter, MIN

Brian Elliott, STL (goaltender) - Jaroslav Halak, NYI (goaltender)

Round 2

Jonathan Drouin, TB - Justin Faulk, CAR

Oliver Ekman-Larsson, ARI - Johnny Gaudreau, CGY

Brent Burns, SJS - John Tavares, NYI

Jiri Sekac, MTL - Brent Seabrook, CHI

Duncan Keith, CHI - Patrik Elias, NJD

Anze Kopitar, LAK - Rick Nash, NYR

Radim Vrbata, VAN - Mark Giordano, CGY

Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT (goaltender) - Roberto Luongo, FLA (goaltender)

Round 3

Bobby Ryan, OTT - Ryan Getzlaf, ANA

Phil Kessel, TOR - John Tavares, NYI

Ryan Johansen, CBJ - Jonathan Toews, CHI

Drew Doughty, LAK - Filip Forsberg, NSH

Steven Stamkos, TBL - Tyler Seguin, DAL

Claude Giroux, PHI - Jakub Voracek, PHI

Nick Foligno, CBJ - Rick Nash, NYR

Carey Price, MTL (goaltender) - Corey Crawford, CHI (goaltender)

Event description: All players will participate 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. 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: one point for every goal scored; two points for every goal scored with a Discover card puck.

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