Full details on All-Star Game Skills events, competition format

Will we see thrilling moves (and costumes) at this year's All-Star Game skills competition? Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Following is an edited version of the official release from the NHL:


Eastern Conference and Western Conference Teams to Face Off in Six Events

Twitter Votes Begin Tuesday to Determine One Breakaway Challenge Participant

NEW YORK (January 25, 2016) – The National Hockey League today announced the details of the 2016 All-Star Skills Competition and the format of the six events that will showcase hockey’s top talent (Saturday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada).

Fan-elected captains -- Jaromir Jagr and Alex Ovechkin for the Eastern Conference, and Patrick Kane and John Scott for the Western Conference -- will pick the players who will participate in the six All-Star skills competition events. Each of the 44 All-Stars will compete in at least one of the six rounds of skill-based contests.

·Fastest Skater

·Breakaway Challenge

·Accuracy Shooting

·Skills Challenge Relay

·Hardest Shot


Fastest Skater

Four players from each team will test their speed, facing off against an opponent in a two-skater race. The racetrack for the head-to-head matchups is the border of the rink split in half lengthwise. Timing devices will record each skater to determine the winner of each match. If a race ends in a tie, each of the teams will be awarded one point. The skater with the fastest time in the head-to-head matchups will skate a full lap of the outside border of the rink, in the direction of their choosing, in an attempt to break Mike Gartner’s record of 13.386 seconds. If, at the completion of the event, two skaters are tied for the fastest overall time, both skaters will skate a full lap of the rink in an attempt to break the historical best record.

Points Available: 6 – The winner of each matchup scores one point; the team with the fastest skater scores a bonus point; if the fastest skater is successful in breaking Gartner’s record, an additional bonus point will be awarded.

Breakaway Challenge

Fans will have two opportunities to vote in the Breakaway Challenge. While five spots will be determined by team captains, one guaranteed spot in this event will be determined by the fans, who will vote on Twitter as part of the Breakaway Challenge Fan Vote campaign.

The eligible candidates are forwards Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche, Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings and Brandon Saad of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Fans can vote via Twitter for their favorite eligible player by including his hashtag – #NHLBreakawayDuchene, #NHLBreakawayLarkin or #NHLBreakawaySaad. Voting will open on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at noon ET and close on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. ET.

Each team will provide one goalie to participate in this challenge. Each shooter will attempt two shots, and teams will alternate after each shot. Style, creativity and flair are encouraged. NHL penalty shot rules do not apply.

As soon as the last competitor completes his routine, fans in the arena and watching on television in the U.S. and Canada will get another opportunity to make their case on Twitter by casting their vote using the hashtag that corresponds to the player of their choice. The shooter with the highest fan vote will be crowned the Breakaway Challenge winner and score one point for his team.

Points Available: 1 -- The shooter with the highest percentage of fan votes scores one point.

Shooting Accuracy

Four shooters from each team will participate, with two additional players serving as passers. This event will consist of four head-to-head matchups, with one shooter from each team per round. The goal is to hit four 15-inch diameter targets located in each corner of the net. The teams will be situated at opposite ends of the rink, and will alternate attempts. The first shooter to hit all four targets wins.

Points Available: 5 -- The winner of each matchup scores one point; the player who hits all four targets in the fastest time scores the bonus point.

Skills Challenge Relay

This timed relay event -- involving 14 skaters and two goalies from each team -- will consist of four relays with five challenges each: one-timers, with three shooters and one passer per team; passing, with one passer per team; puck control, with one skater per team; stick-handling, with one skater per team; and goalie goals, with one goalie per team.

Each skill must be completed before moving on to the next challenge with the exception of one timers, passing and goalie goals, in which a maximum of 45 seconds will be allocated. The goal is to finish all five challenges faster than the opponent.

Points Available: 3 -- The team with the fastest time in each heat scores one point; the team with the fastest overall time scores one bonus point.

Fastest Shot

Four shooters from each team will test their slap shot skill in a head-to-head matchup. Each player will attempt two shots, with teams alternating after each player. One puck will be placed 30 feet from the center of the net. Each shot will be calculated in miles per hour (mph), with the highest speed of their two shots recorded.

Points Available: 5 -- The winner of each matchup scores one point; the team with the player who has the fastest speed scores one bonus point.


Eighteen skaters and three goaltenders from each team will participate in the three-round shootout. During each two-minute round, six skaters and one goalie from each team will take the ice. Teams will alternate after each shot with each player having a maximum of 10 seconds to take a shot.

Players one and three from each team will get a special designation and each goal scored by these players will count as two points. NHL shootout rules apply to each scoring attempt.

Points Available: 1 point for every goal scored; 2 points for every goal scored with a puck of special designation.