The National Hockey League (NHL®) has announced the details of the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by New Amsterdam Vodka and the format of the six events that will showcase hockey’s top talent on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. CT at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo., home of the 2019 Stanley Cup® champion St. Louis Blues.
Highlighting the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by New Amsterdam Vodka are two new events: the Gatorade NHL Shooting Stars™ and the Elite Women’s 3-on-3 presented by adidas™. Four events return for this year’s edition of the NHL All-Star Skills™: the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater™, the Bud Light NHL Save Streak™, Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting™, and the Enterprise NHL Hardest Shot™.
The 2020 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by New Amsterdam Vodka will be televised on NBCSN in the U.S. and on Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports in Canada. The winner of each of the five individual events of the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by New Amsterdam Vodka will earn $30,000.
Details and rules for all six events of the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by New Amsterdam Vodka are listed below.
· Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater™
· Bud Light NHL Save Streak™
· Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting™
· Elite Women’s 3-on-3 presented by adidas™
· Enterprise NHL Hardest Shot™
· Gatorade NHL Shooting Stars™
Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater™
Eight players will compete in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater™. Each skater will be timed for one full lap around the rink. The skater may choose the direction of their lap and can be positioned a maximum of three feet behind the start line located on the penalty box side of the center red line. The skater must start on the referee’s whistle and the timing clock will start when the skater crosses the start line. In the event of a clock malfunction, the official time will be recorded by the referee’s stopwatch. The skater with the fastest time is the winner of the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater™, and if there is a tie for the fastest time, the tied players will skate another lap to determine the winner.
Bud Light NHL Save Streak™
A minimum of four goalies and all 36 skaters will participate in the Bud Light NHL Save Streak™, a shootout grouped by division where goalies compete to make the most consecutive saves. Each goalie will face one opposing division and a minimum of nine scoring attempts. Each scoring attempt is officiated in accordance with NHL shootout rules and begins on the referee’s whistle. Players from each division will shoot in numerical order, lowest to highest, with the divisional captain shooting ninth. A goalie’s round at the Bud Light NHL Save Streak™ cannot end with a save – if the divisional captain’s shot is saved, the goalie will continue to face shooters until a goal is scored. If the goalie makes a save on the divisional captain’s shot, the order of shooters to follow is the same as the original order. The goalie with the longest consecutive save streak during his time in net is the winner of the Bud Light NHL Save Streak ™. If at the completion of the event there is a tie for the longest “save streak” the winning goalie will be determined by the total number of saves made in their round. If two or more goalies remain tied based on the total number of saves made then the tied goalies will compete in a sudden death round of “Goalie Goals.”
Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting™
Eight players will compete in the Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting™, a timed event where a shooter is positioned 25 feet from the goal line and shoots pucks at target images that appear on an LED screen placed on the goal line. Time will start at the referee’s whistle and each player will shoot pucks at the target images, which will disappear from the screen after being successfully hit. The clock stops when the player has successfully hit all target images. The player that hits all target images in the fastest time will be crowned the winner of the Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting™. If there is a tie for the fastest time, the tied players will compete again to determine the winner.
Elite Women’s 3-on-3 presented by adidas™
Two teams — American All-Stars and Canadian All-Stars — each comprised of nine skaters and one goalie, will go head-to-head in the Elite Women’s 3-on-3 presented by adidas™. The 3-on-3 game will consist of two 10-minute periods, with a running clock. Teams will switch ends after the first period. All penalties will be “served” with a penalty shot being awarded to the player specifically fouled. The rosters, coaches and referees for the Elite Women’s 3-on-3 presented by adidas™ will be announced during tonight’s pre-game programming on NBCSN, Sportsnet and TVA Sports between 7 – 8 p.m. ET.
Enterprise NHL Hardest Shot™
A minimum of four players will compete in the Enterprise NHL Hardest Shot™. Each player will attempt two shots measured in miles per hour (mph), with the highest speed of their two shots recorded. For each attempt, a single puck is positioned on the ice 30 feet from the center of the goal. Starting no further than the nearest blue line, the shooter 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 radar in miles per hour. If a puck enters the goal uncalculated due to a malfunction of the radar equipment, the shooter will be allowed an additional attempt. If the player breaks his stick he will be given another attempt. The player who records the fastest speed is the winner of the Enterprise NHL Hardest Shot™. If there is a tie for the fastest speed, the tied players will shoot again to determine the winner.
Gatorade NHL Shooting Stars™
Ten players — eight NHL All-Stars, and one American Elite Women’s All-Star team member and one Canadian Elite Women’s All-Star team member — will compete in the Gatorade NHL Shooting Stars™. Players from the American and Canadian Elite Women’s All-Star teams will be selected by social media vote. Players will be positioned on an elevated platform behind the goal, approximately 30 feet above the ice surface, where they will shoot pucks at a variety of targets located on the ice, with each target possessing different point values. One at a time, each player will attempt seven shots and earn points for each target hit.
· Pucks that do not hit a target will earn no points.
· Pucks that bounce, deflect, or otherwise ricochet onto or into a target will be counted for the highest scoring value they hit.
· A puck that hits the face of a target then falls into the center will be scored as if it went directly into the center.
· A puck that hits the center and bounces out will be scored the point value of the center.
· A puck that bounces off the ice then up onto or into a target will be awarded the corresponding value.
· A puck that hits the base of the target will not be awarded any points.
· Players may hit the same target multiple times.
All scoring denominations will be decided by the on-ice officials. If at the completion of the event there is a tie for the highest score, players will shoot three pucks each to determine a winner. If the players remain tied after the three pucks, a sudden death “score-off” will occur.
Please note that special protective netting will be installed at Enterprise Center for the Gatorade NHL Shooting Stars™.
Notes for all 2020 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by New Amsterdam Vodka Events:
Prior to the event, the NHL Department of Player Safety will determine the players participating in each event and the order of participation. Number of players in each event is subject to change. The referee shall make all necessary rulings regarding the skills events.
The Blues and the city of St. Louis will host the 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend, from Jan. 24‑25, including the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills™ presented by New Amsterdam Vodka on Friday, Jan. 24 (8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT, NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS) and the 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Game on Saturday, Jan. 25 (8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT, NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS). The 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend marks the third time NHL All-Star activities will take place in St. Louis. The Blues previously hosted the event in 1970 and 1988, both at St. Louis Arena.
Fans can join the conversation by using the official hashtag #NHLAllStar. For more information on the 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend, visit https://www.nhl.com/Fans/All-Star.
For the fifth straight season, the 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Game will feature a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, showcasing teams from each NHL division competing for a $1 million winner-take-all prize pool.