The NHL All-Star Game SuperSkills Competition, originally known as the National Hockey League All-Star Skills Competition, is an event on the night preceding the All-Star Game. Started at the 41st National Hockey League All-Star Game in Pittsburgh in 1990, the NHL uses the event to showcase the talents of its all-star participants. Events include accuracy shooting, fastest skater, Skills Challenge Relay, hardest shot, Breakaway Challenge, and an Elimination Shootout. The All-Star teams select representatives for each event, with points awarded to the winning team.
The purpose of the event is to be fastest skater around a designated course within the rink. The final race each year was originally one full lap around the rink until 2008, when the event was revised. In 2016, Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin had a faster time as set by Mike Gartner (13.386) with a time of 13.172 but did not start from a standing start. Modern technology in skates are more advanced in performance than skates that Mike Gartner used, especially in weight.. Connor McDavid was the first to beat Gartner's record doing a full lap with a standing start at the 2017 All-Star game. Previous defeats of the record were done with a running start (2016) or half track (2012, 2015). During the 2019 Skills Competition, Team USA's Kendall Coyne Schofield became the first woman to compete in this event, coming in 7th place (out of 8 skaters) with a time of 14.346.
From the 2007–08 season onwards, the Breakaway Challenge format was changed to a "slam dunk" style challenge, where individual shooters showcase creative and skillful breakaways, with the winner being determined by fan voting via text messaging.
|2016||P. K. Subban|
The purpose of the event is to hit the four targets attached to the four corners of a goal in the fastest time. Prior to 2011, the object of the event was to hit all four targets in as few attempts as possible. Under this format, three players have gone four-for-four: Ray Bourque in 1992 and 1993, Mark Messier in 1996, Jeremy Roenick in 2004, Tomas Kaberle in 2008, and Daniel Sedin in 2011. Sedin is the current record holder, hitting 4/4 targets in 7.3 seconds. For the 2018 competition, the traditional foam targets were replaced with LED targets that light up to show the player where to shoot the puck next. During the 2019 Skills Competition, the LED light-up targets featured face emojis of four all-star NHL players.
|1990||Wales Conference||Ray Bourque||4/7|
|1991||Campbell Conference||Mark Messier||4/6|
|1992||Wales Conference||Ray Bourque||4/4|
|1993||Wales Conference||Ray Bourque||4/4|
|1994||Western Conference||Brendan Shanahan||4/5|
|1996||Eastern Conference||Mark Messier||4/4|
|1997||Eastern Conference||Ray Bourque||4/7|
|1998||North America||Ray Bourque
|1999||North America||Ray Bourque
|2001||North America||Ray Bourque||4/6|
|2002||North America||Jarome Iginla
|2003||Eastern Conference||Jeremy Roenick||4/6|
|2004||Eastern Conference||Jeremy Roenick||4/4|
|2007||Eastern Conference||Eric Staal
|2008||Eastern Conference||Tomas Kaberle||4/4|
|2009||Eastern Conference||Evgeni Malkin||3/4|
|2011||Team Staal||Daniel Sedin||4/4 in 7.3 seconds (Record)|
|2012||Team Chara||Jamie Benn||10.204|
|2015||Team Foligno||Patrick Kane||13.529|
|2016||Eastern Conference||John Tavares||12.294 (4/5)|
|2017||Metropolitan Division||Sidney Crosby||10.73 (4/5)|
|2018||Pacific Division||Brock Boeser||11.136|
|2019||Atlantic Division||David Pastrnak||11.309|
^ #:Score in final round is listed
This event consists of the following relays:
Two groups of each team participate: one-timers having left-hand shooters in one group and right-hand shooters in another.
The purpose of the event is to have the hardest shot. Zdeno Chara owns the record for the hardest shot with 108.8 mph (175.1 km/h) in 2012, besting his own previous record of 105.9 in 2011. Prior to Chara the record was held by Al Iafrate at 105.2 mph. After Chara, Shea Weber holds the 3 hardest shots in 2015 and 2016, with 108.5 mph (174.6 km/h) in 2015, 108.1 (174 km/h) and 107.8 (173.5 km/h) on his post-match gala shot.
|2012||Zdeno Chara||108.8 – Record|
107.8 (gala shot)
The purpose of this event is for individual shooters to try and score on a breakaway against an opposing goalie. It is similar to the past event, Elimination Shootout, however, the shooter is not eliminated. The contest continues for three 2-minute rounds as six skaters from each team per round gets a chance to score on the opposing team's goalie, gathering enough points until time runs out. Goals scored with game pucks equal 1 point, while Discover shootout pucks equal 2 points.
This event made its debut in 2017. The purpose of this event is for four skaters from each team to earn points by scoring goals from each line on the ice.
|2017||Pacific Division||23 points|
This event made its debut in 2018. The purpose of this event is for skaters to earn points for their division by passing the puck to various targets, courses and nets in the fastest time possible. Note: Each skill must be completed before moving on to the next station. For the 2019 Skills Competition, this event was called "Premier Passer".
This event made its debut in 2018. The purpose of this event is for goaltenders to earn points for their division by saving as many pucks as possible against an opposing division's shooter in NHL shootout fashion. The goaltender with the longest "save streak" and most saves wins the competition. Note: the winning goaltender receives $25,000.
|2018||Marc-Andre Fleury||Vegas Golden Knights||14|
|2019||Henrik Lundqvist||New York Rangers||12|
The purpose of the event is to be fastest skater over the course while also maintaining control of the puck through a series of pylons. There are two races; the first where each team has three skaters in a race against each other and the second for the best individuals of each conference. One goal awarded to the winning team of each competition.
This event returned in 2018. Skaters from each division earn points on their skills with puck handling in the fastest time possible. Note: each still must be completed before moving on to the next station.
|1994||Eastern Conference||Russ Courtnall|
|1996||Western Conference||Pierre Turgeon|
|1997||Western Conference||Geoff Sanderson|
|1999||North America||Paul Kariya|
|2000||North America||Paul Kariya|
|2001||North America||Paul Kariya|
|2002||North America||Paul Kariya|
|2003||Eastern Conference||Martin St. Louis|
|2004||Western Conference||Rick Nash|
|2007||Western Conference||Rick Nash|
|2008||Western Conference||Shawn Horcoff|
|2018||Pacific Division||Johnny Gaudreau||24.65 seconds|
|2019||Pacific Division||Johnny Gaudreau||27.045 seconds|
The purpose of the event is for individual scorers to try to score on a breakaway against an opposing goalie. Shooters who score stay alive in the contest while those failing to score are eliminated. The contest goes until all shooters are eliminated but one, with that shooter being the winner.
The purpose of the event is to use teamwork to score on a breakaway against an opposing goalie. Points are awarded to the team with the most goals and the individual goalie who lets in the fewest goals.
|1991||Campbell Conference||Mike Vernon|
|1992||Wales Conference||Mike Richter|
|1993||Campbell Conference||Jon Casey|
|1994||Western Conference||Curtis Joseph|
|1996||Eastern Conference||Dominik Hasek|
|2002||North America||Dominik Hasek|
|2003||Western Conference||Patrick Roy|
|2004||Eastern Conference||Roberto Luongo|
|2007||Western Conference||Roberto Luongo|
Points are awarded to the goalie allowing the fewest goals against in the Zone and Shootout/Breakaway Relay Events.
|Season||Player||Goals Against, Shots|
|1990||Kirk McLean||4, 27|
|1991||Patrick Roy||2, 25|
|1992||Mike Richter||2, 25|
|1993||Jon Casey||5, 40|
|1996||Dominik Hasek||4, 16|
|1997||John Vanbiesbrouck||2, 16|
|1998||Dominik Hasek||3, 16|
|1999||Arturs Irbe||2, 16|
|2000||Mike Richter||2, 16|
|2001||Sean Burke||4, 13|
|2003||Patrick Roy||1, 9|
|2004||Roberto Luongo||1, 12|
|2007||Roberto Luongo||0, 12|
In 2009, there was no score kept. In 2016, the winning conference was given the choice of whether to play the first or second mini-game in the All-Star Game the next day. In 2017, the winning division was given the choice of which opponent to play first in the All-Star Game. In 2018, even through there were four divisions, the competition focused on individual player and no score was kept.
The division team with the most points at the end of the Skills Competition will be able to pick its opponent for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (3:30 pm. ET; NBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, SN, TVA Sports), and whether they play in the first or second semi-final.
The 2012 National Hockey League All-Star Game, (also known as the 2012 Tim Hortons NHL All-Star Game) took place on January 29, 2012, at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa. This edition of the All-Star Game featured the "fantasy draft" format first seen in the previous 2011 NHL All-Star Game. The participating players voted for team captains, selecting Daniel Alfredsson of the All-Star host Ottawa Senators and Zdeno Chara of the defending Stanley Cup champion, the Boston Bruins.
The event marked the first time the city of Ottawa hosted an NHL All-Star Game. Ottawa has hosted two NHL Entry Drafts, a Stanley Cup Final and the World Junior Championships all in the past five years. It marked the 20th anniversary of the Ottawa Senators joining the NHL. It was the second All-Star Game that Canada has hosted in the past three years, as the Montreal Canadiens hosted it in 2009. Winning goaltender Tim Thomas became the only goaltender in NHL history to win four consecutive All-Star games.2015 National Hockey League All-Star Game
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Internationally, Hagelin has won a silver medal with Sweden at the 2014 Winter Olympics.Colton Parayko
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Her father, Bill Mikkelson, played four seasons in the NHL in the early 1970s with Los Angeles, the New York Islanders and Washington. Her brother, Brendan, was a Memorial Cup champion with the WHL's Vancouver Giants, a second round pick, 31st overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, and now plays for Luleå HF in the Swedish Elite League.National Hockey League All-Star Game
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A slapshot (also spelled as slap shot) in ice hockey is the hardest shot one can perform. It has four stages which are executed in one fluid motion to make the puck fly into the net:
The player winds up his hockey stick to shoulder height or higher.
Next the player violently "slaps" the ice slightly behind the puck and uses his weight to bend the stick, storing energy in it like a spring. This bending of the stick gives the slapshot its speed. Just like a bow and arrow, the stick's tendency to return to being straight is transferred to the puck, giving it much more speed than just hitting it alone could.
When the face of the stick blade strikes the puck, the player rolls his wrists and shifts his weight so that the energy stored in the stick is released through the puck.
Finally, the player follows through, ending up with the stick pointed towards the desired target.The slapshot is harder than other shots and, because of the violent motion involved, somewhat less accurate. It also takes longer to execute; a player usually cannot take a slapshot while under any significant pressure from an opposing player because the opponent could easily interfere during the windup. The slapshot is most commonly used by a defenceman at the point, especially during a power play, although a forward will sometimes find an opportunity to use it.
The invention of the slapshot is credited to Bernard "Boom Boom" Geoffrion (a nickname alluding to the thunderous clack of his slapshots) of the Montreal Canadiens. Black Canadian Eddie Martin, of the Coloured Hockey League's Halifax Eurekas, has also been credited with inventing the slapshot in the late 1800s. Dick Irvin, who was a star player in the WCHL and PCHA – and who later coached Geoffrion with the Habs – was also renowned for having a hard and accurate slap shot. Growing up in Winnipeg in the 1890s and 1900s, he would practice shooting against a doorknob in his attic during the winter months for accuracy. In the summertime, Irvin would draw a chalk outline of a net onto his family's sled garage, and practice one timers off a piece of wooden board embedded into the ground.During a hockey game, a puck can reach the speeds of 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) or more when struck. The current NHL speed record is held by Zdeno Chára of the Boston Bruins, whose slapshot was clocked at 108.8 miles per hour (175.1 km/h) in the 2012 NHL All Star Game SuperSkills competition, breaking his own earlier record.Alexander Riazantsev of KHL's Spartak Moscow slapped a puck at the 2012 KHL All Star Game skills competition in Latvia with a speed of 114.127 mph (183.67 km/h); however, the NHL does not recognize this as breaking Chára's record, as the puck travels a shorter distance to the goal net in KHL competitions than in those of the NHL.Zdeno Chára
Zdeno Chára (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈzdɛnɔ ˈxaːra]; born 18 March 1977) is a Slovak professional ice hockey defenseman who serves as captain of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He won the James Norris Memorial Trophy while playing for the Bruins in the 2008–09 season. Standing at 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) tall, Chára is the tallest person ever to play in the NHL. He is also the second European-born and raised captain to win the Stanley Cup (in 2011), and the first born and trained in a country within the Iron Curtain. Chára is also the oldest active NHL player at 42 years.
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