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News Release: Senators announce teams for Sens Skills presented by Sport Chek

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) announced today the rosters for Team Red (Erik Karlsson) and Team Black (Chris Phillips) for this year’s Sens Skills competition, presented by Sport Chek, which will take place at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday, Dec. 30, at 1 p.m. The event, which features presenting sponsors London Life – Freedom 55, CAA, Canadian Tire, Mark’s, TSN 1200 and Rogers Television, will see doors open at 12 p.m. Parking will be available free of charge.

Returning for a second year due to its popularity, Senators players will award their composite sticks to 22 lucky fans in an on-ice ceremony at the conclusion of Sens Skills courtesy of Sport Chek and the Senators. Upon entering Canadian Tire Centre, fans will be offered the chance to purchase a Canadian Tire Jumpstart foam puck (for a fee of $5) and will be provided with a ballot to enter to win a Senators player’s event-used stick in support of the Ottawa Senators Foundation. The lucky winners’ names will be announced during the event, after which they will be led to the ice surface to randomly receive a player’s stick.

This year’s rosters are as follows:

Team Black: Chris Phillips (captain), Craig Anderson, Cody Ceci, Erik Condra, Jared Cowen, Mike Hoffman, Clarke MacArthur, Milan Michalek, Mark Stone and Patrick Wiercioch.

Team Red: Erik Karlsson (captain), Mark Borowiecki, Alex Chiasson, Colin Greening, Eric Gryba, David Legwand, Robin Lehner, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Bobby Ryan, Kyle Turris and Mika Zibanejad.

Sens Skills will see players demonstrate their hockey skills in the following categories:

- TSN 1200 puck control relay - observe players illustrating versatility in stickhandling.

- Mark’s fastest skater - see players showcasing their speed on skates.

- Freedom 55 hardest shot - witness the power of an NHL slap shot.

- CAA accuracy shooting - find out who shoots with the most precision.

- Canadian Tire skills challenge - a team event featuring stickhandling, one-timers, passing and a 3-on-1 to stop the clock.

- Sport Chek elimination shootout - who has the moves to be crowned king of the shootout.

The Senators will participate in a 10-minute warm-up, from 12:35 p.m. to 12:45 p.m., ahead of the skills competition.

Participating alongside the Senators will be 12 minor hockey skaters and two goaltenders from the National Capital Region as selected through the Senators Junior Skills Challenge presented by Canadian Tire. Senators defenceman Cody Ceci and prospect Vincent Dunn are both graduates of the Junior Skills Challenge program.

Over the past seven years, more than 90,000 fans have attended Sens Skills presented by Sport Chek, with the Senators and the NHLPA donating more than $600,000 to local charities on behalf of their partners.

Tickets in the 100 (rows A-J), 100 (rows K-R), 200- and 300-level tickets for Sens Skills presented by Sport Chek are $20, $17.50, $15 and $12.50 respectively (advance sales only) and are currently on-sale. For group ticket information (groups of 20 or more) please call 613-599-0210 or e-mail Ticket prices include taxes and CRF but exclude applicable convenience charges.

Sens Skills presented by Sport Chek tickets can be purchased by phone at 613-599-FANS (3267) or 1-877-788-FANS (3267); in person at each of the 10 participating Canadian Tire stores in Ottawa as well as the store in Perth, The Sens Store at Carlingwood Mall and Place d’Orléans, any Ottawa Sports Experts location, Les Galeries de Hull, Ottawa Festivals and at the Canadian Tire Centre box office.

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