NEW YORK -- The game's most dazzling shootout artists will attempt to wow the voting public in the Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge and the classes of 2007-08 and 2008-09 will battle for youthful supremacy when NHL All-Star Weekend gets underway with the 2009 Honda/NHL All-Star SuperSkills Competition Saturday night, Jan. 24, at Montreal's Bell Centre.
The realigned NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck and the fan-judged Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge will join SuperSkills mainstays such as the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater, McDonald's NHL Accuracy Shooting and Cisco NHL Hardest Shot competitions to determine the League's best in various disciplines. The evening will culminate with the best hockey players in the world doing what they've done to end practices ever since shortly after their parents first tied their skates: engage in an elimination shootout contest that won't end until there's only one man left unstopped.
To open the evening, four of the League's speedsters will take the Bell Centre ice in an attempt to beat Mike Gartner's 13-year-old record for the fastest (13.386 seconds) circuit of an NHL rink in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater.
The stopwatches then get pocketed and the imaginations get set free when six of the NHL's most creative players try to win the votes of fans by performing feats of puck-handling and goal-scoring wizardry in the Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge. With full access to the entire offensive zone, each shooter gets one minute to complete as many attempts as possible at a routine that ends with a shot on goal. Once all six skaters have performed, fans will vote by mobile text message to determine the winner.
Next up, the top young players in the game will take center stage in the sixth NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck. This year, for the first time, the non-stop, wide-open game of three-on-three will pit NHL sophomores against rookies.
After the League's sharpshooters pick corners in the McDonald's NHL Accuracy Shooting, the boomers will blast away in the Cisco NHL Hardest Shot in an attempt to break the record set by Al Iafrate with a 105.2-mph slap shot at the 1993 NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal.
Finally, all 36 skaters and six goalies will play the time-honored game of hockey survivor -- the Gatorade NHL Elimination Shootout. The six All-Star goalies will conduct a random draw to select the six shooters each will face in the first round. Only the shooters who score will advance. The competition will continue until a round is completed in which only one shooter scores.
The 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend in Montreal will celebrate the Montreal Canadiens' Centennial season with live national broadcasts of the Honda/NHL SuperSkills event on Saturday, Jan. 24, and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, Jan. 25, on CBC and RDS in Canada and VERSUS in the United States. NASN, ASN, J Sports, Sky Mexico, Fox Sports Australia and other NHL international broadcast partners will provide live coverage of both the Honda/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 150 countries and territories in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific Rim, Mexico and the Caribbean. NHL Radio will provide exclusive, national radio coverage which can be heard on stations around the United States and Canada as well as on Sirius XM Radio's NHL Home Ice, located at XM channel 204 and on SIRIUS channel 208 with the "Best of XM" programming package. NHL.com and NHL Network will provide extensive coverage of the All-Star Weekend.
NHL ALL-STAR SKILLS COMPETITION RESULTS, 1990-2008 Fastest Skater 2008 Shawn Horcoff 4.395 seconds* 2007 Andy McDonald 14.030 seconds 2004 Scott Niedermayer 13.783 seconds 2003 Marian Gaborik 13.713 seconds 2002 Sami Kapanen 14.039 seconds 2001 Bill Guerin 13.690 seconds 2000 Sami Kapanen 13.649 seconds 1999 Peter Bondra 14.640 seconds 1998 Scott Niedermayer 13.560 seconds 1997 Peter Bondra 13.610 seconds 1996 Mike Gartner 13.386 seconds 1994 Sergei Fedorov 13.525 seconds 1993 Mike Gartner 13.510 seconds 1992 Sergei Fedorov 14.363 seconds * revised format
Hardest Shot 2008 Zdeno Chara 103.1 mph 2007 Zdeno Chara 100.4 mph 2004 Adrian Aucoin 102.2 mph 2003 Al MacInnis 98.9 mph 2002 Sergei Fedorov 101.5 mph 2001 Fredrik Modin 102.1 mph 2000 Al MacInnis 100.1 mph 1999 Al MacInnis 98.5 mph 1998 Al MacInnis 100.4 mph 1997 Al MacInnis 98.9 mph 1996 Dave Manson 98.0 mph 1994 Al Iafrate 102.7 mph 1993 Al Iafrate 105.2 mph 1992 Al MacInnis 93.0 mph 1991 Al MacInnis 94.0 mph 1990 Al Iafrate 96.0 mph Elimination Shootout 2008 Dion Phaneuf
Shooting Accuracy 2008 Tomas Kaberle 4 hits, 5 shots 2007 Eric Staal 4 hits, 5 shots Marian Hossa 2004 Jeremy Roenick 4 hits, 4 shots 2003 Jeremy Roenick 4 hits, 6 shots 2002 Jarome Iginla 4 hits, 6 shots Markus Naslund 2001 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 6 shots 2000 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 5 shots Viktor Kozlov 1999 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 6 shots Jeremy Roenick Keith Tkachuk 1998 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 6 shots Peter Forsberg B. Shanahan 1997 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 7 shots 1996 Mark Messier 4 hits, 4 shots 1994 B. Shanahan 4 hits, 5 shots 1993 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 4 shots 1992 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 4 shots 1991 Mark Messier 4 hits, 6 shots 1990 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 7 shots