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All-Star Captains Foligno, Toews make player assignments for Skills Competition

by NHL Press Release / Edmonton Oilers
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (January 24, 2015) -- The National Hockey League announced today the All-Star and rookie assignments for tonight's 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. A fan favorite that has showcased hockey’s top talent at NHL All-Star Weekend since 1990, the event will be broadcast live on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC and TVA Sports in Canada at 7 p.m., ET.

    Team Foligno, captained by forward Nick Foligno of the All-Star host Columbus Blue Jackets, will compete against Team Toews, led by Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, throughout the night for points in the overall team vs. team competition. Individual champions also will be crowned. The NHL All-Stars and rookies will participate in six events:

* Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater™
* Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge™
* DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting™
* Gatorade NHL Skills Challenge Relay™
* AMP NHL Hardest Shot™
* Discover NHL Shootout™

    Earlier today, Foligno and his assistant captains Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, plus Toews and his assistants Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Rick Nash of the New York Rangers, selected the skills participants from the teams they picked last night at the 2015 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft™ presented by DraftKings. The order of participation will be determined by the captains just before the start of each event.

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    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    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    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    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    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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