We Got Skills

21 Jan

The NHL announced the Skills Competition format for this year’s All-Star Game.  This has always been our favorite part of ASG weekend, because there is lots of skating without helmets.

Lunchtime poll: Will Letang wears a helmet or not? He’d need a headband for sure but it’s a sin to cover up that hair.  Maybe a baseball cap?

Exactly how I sleep on a plane.

The All-Star Skills Competition games are:

Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater
Is a race! 6 players from each team compete in heats.

BlackBerry NHL Breakaway Challenge™
3 players from each team compete to deliver the most creative shootout attempt.  They get 4 shots a piece and we get to vote via text.

McDonald’s NHL Accuracy Shooting™
Like Crosby’s puck pyramid and Ovi’s weird Russian dressing mess, six players per team will shoot at foam targets in the four corners of the goal.

G Series NHL Skills Challenge Relay™
New event and it’s a big one!  16 players from each team in four relays.  Each skill must be completed before the team can move on to the next.  Two relay groups per team.

  • One-timer: shoot over an 8″ obstacle
  • Passing: put a pass into each of 6 nets set up around the ice
  • Puck control: Slalom cones while keeping the puck on the stick
  • Stick handling: Keep the puck on the stick through a series of obstacles
  • Accuracy shooting: Knock out four targets.

XM NHL Hardest Shot™
If you can’t figure this out, Chara gets to shoot at you.

Discover NHL Elimination Shootout™
Musical chairs for the shootout, like the Penguins have mastered.  Only they make people grow mustaches and run to the top row of a football stadium.  In this, it’s 1 point per goal and a lot of bragging rights for whoever makes it to the end. [Graphic from NHL.com]

We kinda hope Tanger and Tazer end up on opposite teams so they can showdown in the shootout challenge!

Mine. Mine. Mine.

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6 Responses to “We Got Skills”

  1. dawncherrie January 21, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    The hardest shot? hum … I’d go for an Ovi-tanger sammy please.

  2. dawncherrie January 21, 2011 at 10:50 am #

    oh and the weird Ovi Russian dressing mess was because they put a junior hockey goalie in net against the top NHL hockey players! They didn’t want to hurt him. DUMB IDEA NHL ALL STARS. That’s why they did what they did. FYI. 🙂

    • Pants January 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

      I’m confused Dawn – I was talking about the accuracy thing where he shoots the Russian nesting dolls full of dressing. What on Earth are you talking about?

      • dawncherrie January 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

        oh I was talking about him wearing the sunglasses and hat and the Malkin thing. ;0

        • Pants January 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm #

          Haha, Russian dressing. I get it!

  3. kimyshnl January 21, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    I just wanted to say that I was unable to finish the rest of the post after that picture of Letang… I was laughing to hard at first, thinking of him as cousin IT.. then I began swooning and passed out from hyperventilating. I’m alive again, thus the reason I am able to post, but I think I’m ready to pass out again after getting a peek of the picture again.

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