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All About The All-Star Skills Competition

01/24/2023 at 4:40pm EST

NEW YORK (Jan. 24, 2023) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced the details of the 2023 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by DraftKings Sportsbook and the format of the seven events that will showcase hockey’s top talent on Friday, Feb. 3 at 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN, Sportsnet, TVA Sports) at the home of the Florida Panthers, FLA Live Arena, in Sunrise, Fla.

Highlighting the 2023 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by DraftKings Sportsbook are three new events, two of which will feature NHL All-Stars displaying their skills in outdoor environments that typify the distinctive appeal and character of the State of Florida. The Enterprise NHL Splash Shot will situate All-Stars on the picturesque beach of Fort Lauderdale, and the Chipotle NHL Pitch ‘n Puck™ challenges All-Stars to combine their hockey and links skills on an iconic Sunshine State golf hole. Also new this year is an innovative netminding skills test, the Discover NHL Tendy Tandem™.

Four events return for this year’s edition of the NHL All-Star Skills™: Upper Deck NHL Fastest Skater™, GEICO NHL Hardest Shot™, Great Clips NHL Breakaway Challenge™, and Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting™.

The individual winner of each event of the 2023 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by DraftKings Sportsbook will earn $30,000.

Joining in the fun for the 2023 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by DraftKings Sportsbook are five elite women’s hockey players. Team USA stars Alex Carpenter and Hilary Knight, along with Team Canada luminaries Emily Clark, Rebecca Johnston and Sarah Nurse, will all be taking part. Hockey Hall of Famer Roberto Luongo will participate as celebrity goaltender for the Great Clips NHL Breakaway Challenge™.

The National Hockey League is also launching 2023 BioSteelNHL Fan Skills at Home™, a fan-focused, Instagram and TikTok campaign beginning Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 12 p.m. ET and ending Thursday, Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. ET. 2023 BioSteel NHL Fan Skills at Home™ will take over Instagram and TikTok as a social media celebration of the most creative and talented fans in all of hockey.

2023 BioSteel NHL Fan Skills at Home™ directs fans, or legal guardians of fans who are minors, to submit videos of themselves performing hockey skills of all levels in any one of five categories – Shootout Move, Accuracy, Celly, Trick Shot, and Stickhandling. Instagram and TikTok feeds will fill with videos of fans shooting pucks through their living rooms and dangling across driveways, and other fun videos.

To submit videos, fans should visit NHL.com/FanSkills. Multiple submissions are allowed. A select number of fans who share videos may have their videos reposted by the NHL and BioSteel. A select number of fans whose videos are curated by the NHL may be named to the BioSteel NHL Fan Skills™ Class of 2023 in February. For more information, fans can visit https://www.nhl.com/fans/fan-skills-at-home.

Seven content creators (Pavel Barber, Zac Bell, Coach Jeremy, Nasher, Nick the Goalie, Pete Lenes and Kane Van Gate) will also travel to Sunrise, Florida for 2023 NHL All-Star Weekend to appear on-ice and behind the scenes in videos that promote 2023 BioSteel NHL Fan Skills at Home™ and tune-in for 2023 NHL All-Star Skills presented by DraftKings Sportsbook, which takes place on Friday, Feb 3 at 7 p.m. ET.

Details and rules for all seven events of the 2023 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by DraftKings Sportsbook are listed below.

· Enterprise NHL Splash Shot™

· Chipotle NHL Pitch ‘n Puck™

· Discover NHL Tendy Tandem™

· Upper Deck NHL Fastest Skater™

· GEICO NHL Hardest Shot™

· Great Clips NHL Breakaway Challenge™

· Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting™

Enterprise NHL Discover Splash Shot™

Competition takes place on the beach in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The ocean spray, breeze and sand add to the challenge of this exceptional Skills event.

Participants

▪ Eight shooters; four teams pairing players

Format

▪ Single elimination tournament

▪ Players compete head-to-head

▪ Players are required to hit all targets before attempting to dunk their opponents.

Winner

▪ The player to dunk their opponents first

Tie

▪ If any matchup ends with the opponent dropping in to the dunk tank at the same time, players will compete again.

Chipotle NHL Pitch ‘n Puck

Using a combination of hockey and golf shots, six NHL All-Stars will play a par 4 featuring an island green. Lowest score wins the Chipotle NHL Pitch ‘n Puck.

Participants

▪ Six players

Format

▪ Best score wins

Winner

▪ The player who successfully sinks the puck/ball in the hole with the fewest shots

Tie Situation

▪ If, at the completion of the event, there is a tie for the fewest shots, the longest drive will determine the winner.

Discover NHL Tendy Tandem

Participants

▪ Eight goalies

Winner

▪ The goalie tandem with the most total points

Procedure/Rules

▪ One goalie from each division will be designated the shooting goalie and one the in-net goalie.

▪ Central vs Pacific and Atlantic vs Metro

▪ The shooting goalie from a division will take a shot from a designated mark.

▪ Three points will be earned if the shot goes in the hole, two points if shot hits the in-net target, and no points if the shot misses the net.

▪ The in-net goalie from the opposing division will face 3, 2 or 1 player(s), depending on the points earned by the shooting goalie.

▪ Players start from center ice, on referees’ instruction. Players must shoot on the rush, and NHL shootout rules generally apply (drop passes are allowed).

▪ A save earns the in-net goalie the points, based on the number of players faced.

▪ Play continues until all pucks have been shot and is repeated for the second goalie pairing.

Tie Situation

▪ If, at the completion of the event, there is a tie for the most points, the winning goalie tandem will be the goalie tandem with the most saves. If two or more goalies are tied in saves, the winning goalie will be the goalie who saved on the most three on none’s, then the goalie who saved the most two on none’s. In the event there is a tie based on this calculation, then the tied goalies will compete in a sudden death round of “Goalie Goals.”

Upper Deck NHL Fastest Skater™

Participants

▪ A minimum of four players

Winner

▪ The player who has the fastest time.

Procedure / Rules

▪ There will be two rounds. The preliminary round will determine which two players will participate in the final.

▪ The course is one full rink lap.

▪ Each player has one attempt to establish their time.

▪ Skater may choose direction of their lap.

▪ Skater is positioned a maximum of three feet behind the start line located on the penalty-box side of the center line.

▪ Skater starts on the referee’s whistle.

▪ The timing device starts when the skater crosses the start line.

▪ In case of a clock malfunction, the official time will be recorded from the referee’s stopwatch.

Tie Situation

▪ If, at the completion of the event, there is a tie for the fastest time, the tied players will skate again to determine the winner.

GEICO NHL Hardest Shot™

Participants

▪ A minimum of four players

Winner

▪ The player who records the fastest speed

Procedure / Rules

▪ Two attempts for each player

▪ A single puck is positioned on the ice 30 feet from the center of the goal. A player, starting no further than the nearest blue line, may skate towards the puck and shoot it from its positioned spot into the goal.

▪ Shots must be on goal to be calculated, and all shots are recorded by the NHL puck tracking system.

▪ If a puck enters the goal uncalculated, due to a malfunction of the data capture, the shooter will be allowed an additional attempt.

▪ If player breaks his stick, he will be given another attempt.

Tie Situation

▪ If, at the completion of the event, there is a tie for the fastest speed, the tied players will shoot again to determine the winner.

Great Clips NHL Breakaway Challenge™

Participants

▪ Minimum of four players and two goalies

Winner

▪ Shooter with the highest score

Procedure / Rules

▪ Shooters can start their routine from anywhere in the neutral zone and have full access to the offensive zone, including behind the net (NHL penalty shot rules do not apply).

▪ Each skater will attempt one shot.

▪ A panel of judges will rate each shot on a scale of 1 - 10.

Tie Situation

▪ If, at the completion of the event, there is a tie for the highest score, the tied players will take one final shot to determine the winner.

Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting™

Participants

▪ Eight players and four passers

Winner

▪ The player with the fastest time in the Final

Procedure / Rules

▪ Four destructible styrofoam targets 15 inches in diameter are attached to the goal posts, one target in each corner.

▪ For round one, two players, one on each side of the net, alternately pass pucks to a shooter positioned 25 feet out from the goal line. The four players who hit all four targets in the fastest times move on.

▪ The clock starts on referee’s whistle.

▪ Shooters compete at opposite ends of the rink, alternating attempts.

▪ Any contact of a target by a puck that is shot is scored as a hit.

▪ The clock stops when a player has successfully hit all four targets.

▪ For the semi-final and final rounds, two nets with targets will be positioned side by side on the goal line. One player next to each net will pass pucks to a shooter positioned 25 feet out from the goal line.

▪ Shooters shoot simultaneously, and the clock starts on the referee’s whistle.

Tie Situation

▪ If, at the completion of round one, there is a tie for the fourth position, the tied players will compete again to determine the player moving on.

▪ If any head-to-head matchup ends in a tie, the players will compete again.

Notes for all 2023 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by DraftKings Sportsbook Events:

Prior to the event, the NHL Department of Player Safety will determine the players participating in each event and the order of participation. The number of players in each event is subject to change. The referee shall make all necessary rulings regarding the skills events.

The League’s regular-season schedule will pause from Feb. 2-5 when the world’s top players gather in South Florida for the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend at FLA Live Arena. The midseason showcase will include the 2023 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by DraftKings Sportsbook on Friday, Feb. 3 (7 p.m. ET, ESPN, ESPN+, Sportsnet, TVAS), and the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Saturday, Feb. 4 (3 p.m. ET, ABC, ESPN+, CBC, Sportsnet, TVAS).

Once again, the 2023 Honda NHL® All-Star Game will feature a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, showcasing teams from each NHL division.

Additional details related to the 2023 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend will be announced in the coming weeks. For the latest event details, visit NHL.com/allstar or sign up here and follow @NHL and @PR_NHL. Fans can join the conversation by using the official hashtag #NHLAllStar.

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