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NHL All-Star skills contest participants chosen

January 29, 2011 |  1:34 pm

Here's the lineup for the six events in the NHL's Super Skills contest Saturday at the RBC Center.

Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater -- Order determined on the ice

Team Staal                                                     Team Lidstrom
*Michael Grabner – New York Islanders           Duncan Keith – Chicago Blackhawks
Mike Green – Washington Capitals                  *Taylor Hall – Edmonton Oilers
Patrick Sharp – Chicago Blackhawks               Matt Duchene – Colorado Avalanche
Ryan Kesler – Vancouver Canucks                   Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay Lightning
Marc Staal – New York Rangers                      Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning
Kris Letang – Pittsburgh Penguins                  Keith Yandle – Phoenix Coyotes

The event will consist of six preliminary races with two players skating at one time taking one lap of the ice; the players from each team with the fastest time for their team will then meet in one final match race.  One of the races will be between two players skating backwards. 

BlackBerry NHL Breakaway Challenge

Team Staal                                                        Team Lidstrom
*P.K. Subban – Montreal Canadiens        *Evgeny Dadonov – Florida Panthers

Corey Perry – Ducks                               Anze Kopitar – Kings

Alex Ovechkin – Washington Capitals        Henrik Sedin – Vancouver Canucks
 
The Breakaway Challenge was won by Ovechkin in each of the first two years.  A test of the amount of creativity a player can insert into a breakaway, fans in-arena and watching on television in the U.S. and Canada will be able to vote for their favorite player by texting the number that corresponds to the player of their choice to 81812.  Each skater will attempt four shots – with no limits.  Shooters can start their attempt from anywhere with full access to the offensive zone, including behind the net. NHL penalty shot rules do not apply. The shooter with the highest fan vote will score four points for his team, second place will score three points and third place will score one point.

McDonald’s NHL Accuracy Shooting - Order determined on the ice

Team Staal                                 Team Lidstrom
Rick Nash – Columbus Blue Jackets         Brad Richards – Dallas Stars
Daniel Sedin – Vancouver Canucks         Phil Kessel – Toronto Maple Leafs
Eric Staal – Carolina Hurricanes        Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks
*Logan Couture – San Jose Sharks         Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks
Patrik Elias – New Jersey Devils         Martin Havlat – Minnesota Wild
Ryan Kesler – Vancouver Canucks         *Derek Stepan – New York Rangers
Passer: Dan Boyle – San Jose Sharks         Passer: Nicklas Lidstrom – Red Wings
Passer: Paul Stastny – Colorado Avalanche         Passer: Danny Briere – Phila. Flyers

From 25 feet in front of the net, shooters take aim at four foam targets attached to the inner side of the goalposts. The objective is to hit all of the targets in the fastest time.  A total of eight points are available.  The winner of each match scores one point.  The players with the fastest time from each team will go head-to-head in the final round for the title of the NHL’s most accurate shooter and two additional team points.  

G Series NHL Skills Challenge Relay

Team Staal                                     Team Lidstrom
Group 1                                                Group 1
Zdeno Chara – Boston Bruins         Nicklas Lidstrom – Detroit Red Wings
Eric Staal – Carolina Hurricanes         Brad Richards – Dallas Stars
Daniel Sedin – Vancouver Canucks         Loui Eriksson – Dallas Stars
Erik Karlsson – Ottawa Senators         *Oliver Ekman-Larsson – Phoenix Coyotes
Dan Boyle – San Jose Sharks         Henrik Sedin – Vancouver Canucks
*Tyler Ennis – Buffalo Sabres         Martin St. Louis – Tampa Bay Lightning
Paul Stastny – Colorado Avalanche         Matt Duchene – Colorado Avalanche
Corey Perry – Anaheim Ducks         Jonathan Toews – Chicago Blackhawks

Group 2                                                   Group 2
Kris Letang – Pittsburgh Penguins         Shea Weber – Nashville Predators
Mike Green – Washington Capitals         Dustin Byfuglien – Atlanta Thrashers
Claude Giroux – Philadelphia Flyers         Phil Kessel – Toronto Maple Leafs
Patrik Elias – New Jersey Devils         Keith Yandle – Phoenix Coyotes
*Jamie McBain – Carolina Hurricanes        Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks
David Backes – St. Louis Blues         Martin Havlat – Minnesota Wild
Marc Staal – New York Rangers         *Kevin Shattenkirk – Colorado Avalanche
Jeff Skinner – Carolina Hurricanes         Danny Briere – Philadelphia Flyers

This new event is an all-around competition that will showcase the one-timer, passing, puck control, stick-handling and accuracy shooting in four exciting relays.  In the one-timer event, three shooters (with the assistance of one passer) must score three goals over an eight inch barrier; in the passing event, one passer must complete a pass into each of the six nets set up around the rink; in the puck control event, one skater will skate through a series of cones while keeping possession of the puck; in the stick handling event, one skater will control the puck through a series of obstacles; and in the accuracy shooting event, one player will take aim at four targets.  Each skill must be completed before moving on to the next skill in this timed relay event worth a total of eight points. The group with the fastest time will score four points, second place will score three points and third place will score one point.


XM NHL Hardest Shot  - Order determined on the ice

Team Staal                                     Team Lidstrom
Zdeno Chara – Boston Bruins         Anze Kopitar – Kings
Alex Ovechkin – Washington Capitals         Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning
David Backes – St. Louis Blues         Dustin Byfuglien – Atlanta Thrashers
*Tyler Seguin – Boston Bruins         Brent Burns - Minnesota Wild
Rick Nash – Columbus Blue Jackets        Shea Weber – Nashville Predators
Patrick Sharp – Chicago Blackhawks         *Cam Fowler – Ducks

Bruins blueliner Zdeno Chara won this competition for the third straight time in 2009 with a blast of 105.4 miles per hour--breaking the record previously set in 1993 by Al Iafrate.  The event returns this year with six head-to-head matches.  Two players will square off in each round, valued at one point each.  The highest recorded shot (by radar in mph) will earn one point for his team.  The players from each team with the hardest single shot will meet in a final match, with two points scored to the winner, to determine the NHL’s hardest shooter.

Discover NHL Elimination Shootout

The battle between Team Staal and Team Lidstrom will be ultimately decided as all of the All-Stars and Rookies compete in the Discover NHL Elimination Shootout, a time-honored game of “hockey survivor.”  Shooters who score will move on to the next round in the shootout, with the All-Star goalies rotating after every third shooter.  Rounds of the shootout will continue until only one player scores and the other(s) don’t; the last scoring shooter wins.  Every goal scored will count as one point for his team.

-- Helene Elliott in Raleigh, N.C.

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