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Participants For The SuperSkills

      RALEIGH (January 29, 2011)—The National Hockey League today announced the scheduled participants in the specific Honda NHL SuperSkills®,  the six events that will showcase hockey’s top talent tonight during the 2011 NHL® All-Star Weekend in Raleigh. Earlier today, team captains Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom, along with their alternate captains Patrick Kane, Martin St. Louis, Ryan Kesler and Mike Green, selected the skills participants from the teams they picked last night at the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft.

      Order of participation will be determined by the Captains on the ice just before the start of each event, and participants are subject to change. Each All-Star will be involved in no more than three events, excluding the Discover NHL Elimination Shootout™, the event in which every player participates.

The NHL All-Stars and Rookies will participate in six events:

•    Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater™
•    BlackBerry NHL Breakaway Challenge™
•    McDonald’s NHL Accuracy Shooting™
•    G Series NHL Skills Challenge Relay™
•    XM NHL Hardest Shot™
•    Discover NHL Elimination Shootout™


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 Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater™, the first event of Honda NHL SuperSkills®,
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.  To watch an EA Sports video on this skill, click here: http://bit.ly/eEOay4


BlackBerry NHL Breakaway Challenge™

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

Corey Perry – Anaheim Ducks     Anze Kopitar – Los Angeles Kings
Alex Ovechkin – Washington Capitals     Henrik Sedin – Vancouver Canucks
 
The fan favorite BlackBerry NHL Breakaway Challenge™ returns again this year, the event Alex Ovechkin has made his own by taking home the title 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.

To watch an EA Sports video on this skill, click here: http://bit.ly/faMa8o

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. 

To watch an EA Sports video on this skill, click here: http://bit.ly/gilXBa

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 for 2011 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.

To watch an EA Sports video on this skill, click here: http://bit.ly/h5JfV4


XM NHL Hardest Shot™ - Order determined on the ice

Team Staal       Team Lidstrom
Zdeno Chara – Boston Bruins       Anze Kopitar – Los Angeles 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 – Anaheim Ducks

Bruins blueliner Zdeno Chara not only won his third consecutive XM NHL Hardest Shot™ competition in 2009, but his blast of 105.4 miles an hour broke the all-time record previously held by Al Iafrate and set in 1993.  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.

To watch an EA Sports video on this skill, click here: http://bit.ly/hqufiO

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.

To watch an EA Sports video on this skill, click here: http://bit.ly/i4ctxe

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Chris in A^2's avatar

I’d like for the players in the skills competition to be voted in by the players, rather than limited to just the players from the All Star Roster.  Darren Helm has gotten 13.6 and 13.8 second fastest skater times at the Manitoba Summer Showdown that, while not the fastests ever, are still faster than any times in the last 12 years.

Posted by Chris in A^2 from Nyquist Puck Control on 01/30/11 at 12:59 AM ET

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