A preview of the events you can expect at today's annual Oilers Skills Competition. The event will also be streamed live here at edmontonoilers.com.Recently, we spoke with a number of different Oilers and asked them who they thought would win each event in today's Skills Competition powered by Reebok.
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Puck Control Relay - Team
The puck control relay requires each skater to combine exceptional skating agility and puck-handing skills. The first two races are relay races involving 3 players per team. At the whistle, one player from each team skates to the far goal line, picks up a puck, then carries it through the pylon course. When the player has carried the puck over the start line, the next player begins. If a player loses the puck, he must regain control and return to the point where he left the course.
Puck Control Relay - One-on-One
The puck control relay requires each skater to combine exceptional skating agility and puck-handing skills. At the whistle, one player from each team skates to the far goal line, picks up a puck, then carries it through the pylon course. If a player loses the puck, he must regain control and return to the point where he left the course.
This event is a race against the clock. Each player starts from a standing position 3 feet from the red line, and completes one full lap around the ice surface. Players who fall must get up and complete the course to avoid disqualifying their team in the event.
Each player gets two shots and the shot must hit the net in order to count.
This event is all about precision. The shooting accuracy contest will see each player be given just 8 attempts to hit four targets set up in the net. The team with the most targets hit in the fewest number of attempts is awarded one goal. The player with the most hits in the least number of attempts earns an additional point for his team.
Two forwards and a defenceman take on a defenceman and a goalie to see how many goals they can score. Each goal counts as one point for their respective club.
King of the Shootout
This contest features one-on-one matchups – shooter vs. goalie. Players who score will advance in this elimination event until Edmonton Oilers King of the shootout is determined.
Two 10 minute periods (straight time) with players changing every 40 seconds.