The Skills Competition is usually one of the more fun aspects of the NHL’s All-Star Weekend, allowing the players to let loose and showcase their talents in a more informal setting.
Here are the details for tonight’s event:
When: 7 PM
Where: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
How to follow: NBCSN
What are this year’s NHL Skills Competition events?
We’ve got the old stand-bys, with some new twists.
- Fastest Skater
- Passing Challenge
- Save Streak
- Puck Control Relay
- Hardest Shot
- Accuracy Shooting
Events you may not be as familiar with include the Passing Challenge and the Save Streak.
(1) Target Passing, where each player must complete four successful passes to targets that light up in a random sequence; (2) Give and Go, where each player must successfully complete the four required passes through a course set up in the neutral zone; and (3) Mini Nets, where each player must complete one pass over a barricade and into each of four mini nets, as well as an additional pass into the game net.
And some info on the Save Relay:
Each goalie will face one opposing division and a minimum of nine scoring attempts. Each scoring attempt is officiated in accordance with NHL shootout rules and begins on the referee’s whistle. Players from each division will shoot in numerical order, lowest to highest, with the divisional captain shooting ninth. A goalie’s round at the GEICO NHL Save Streak cannot end with a save - if the divisional captain’s shot is saved, the goalie will continue to face shooters until a goal is scored. If the goalie makes a save on the divisional captain’s shot, the order of shooters to follow is the same as at the original order.
Brad Marchand is expected to compete in some of these events, though it’s unclear which.
Also, the winner of each event will get $25,000. NOT BAD.
Which event are you most looking forward to?