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Sabres Skills Challenge rosters announced

Players have been divided into two teams to compete against each other in an All-Star-style event on January 5

by Chris Ryndak @ChrisRyndak /

Rosters for the second annual Sabres Skills Challenge presented by New Era Cap have been announced. 

The event will take place on Sunday, Jan. 5 at KeyBank Center. Doors will open at 9 a.m. for an alumni autograph session at 9:30. The Sabres Skills Challenge will start at 11.

Current Sabres players have been divided into two teams to compete against each other in an All-Star-style event designed for fans of all ages. Tickets are $10 and are on sale now. Net proceeds from the event will benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

Here are the rosters:


Wales Conference 

Jack Eichel
Zemgus Girgensons
Marcus Johansson
Johan Larsson
Evan Rodrigues
Conor Sheary
Henri Jokiharju
Brandon Montour
Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella
Linus Ullmark

Campbell Conference

Rasmus Asplund
Kyle Okposo
Victor Olofsson
Sam Reinhart
Jeff Skinner
Jimmy Vesey
Zach Bogosian
Rasmus Dahlin
Jake McCabe
Colin Miller
Carter Hutton

Rosters are subject to change.

Players will wear uniforms modeled after those worn during the 1978 NHL All-Star Game, which was held at The Aud in Buffalo. In that game, the Wales Conference defeated the Campbell Conference 3-2 in overtime. Sabres forward Rick Martin scored the game-tying goal with 1:39 remaining in regulation, and then Gilbert Perreault netted the winner with 1:05 left in overtime. 

The Wales Conference will wear white jerseys while the Campbell Conference will wear orange. The jerseys will be auctioned off after the event at All proceeds from the auction will benefit the Buffalo Sabres Foundation.

The teams will participate in six different competitions, and the winners of each event will be awarded a goal for their team in the overall score:

Puck Control Relay presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York
Three players from each team will compete in a relay race through pylons for one goal, and then a 1-on-1 race will commence for a second goal.

Hardest Shot presented by Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
Four players from each team will compete, with one team goal being awarded for the fastest average speed and another goal awarded for the best individual speed.

Accuracy Showdown presented by KeyBank
Three shooters from each team will take aim in this challenge. The team with the most targets hit in the fewest attempts will be awarded one goal while the best individual effort will earn one team another goal.

One-Timer Challenge presented by LECOM
Three goals are up for grabs after three rounds of play in a new event this year. The player with the most goals during each head-to-head matchup will earn one goal for his team. 

Power Play Challenge presented by Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Two groups of three forwards each will have 30 seconds to score as many goals as possible. All goals will count toward the overall score. 

Shootout Challenge presented by New Era Cap
How will the players fare in a breakaway challenge? All goals will count toward the overall score.

Stay tuned to find out who will compete in each event. 

Prior to the start of the Skills Challenge, the Sabres will be hosting an autograph session featuring Sabres alumni presented by MSG Networks beginning at 9:30 a.m. A list of participating alumni will be announced in the coming weeks.

Fans will be given a ticket to one autograph table, to which alumni will be assigned randomly. There will be a 200-ticket limit per table and autographs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 9 a.m. for the autograph session.

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