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2020 NHL All-Star Skills Competition: Events, participants, start time, and how to watch

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The women take more of a starring role at the 2020 event.

2017 Coors Light NHL All-Star Skills Competition Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images

The formula for the skills competition has been tweaked over the years, adding technological advancement and new events. Last year some of the best women in the sport were brought in, and they provided some of the top moments of the 2019 Skills Competition. This year, they’ll take more of a starring role, playing a three-on-three tournament during the proceedings.

How to watch

Start time: 8:00 PM EST / 5:00 PM PST
In Canada: CBC, Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now (English), TVA Sports (French)
In the US: NBCSN
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL GameCentre Live

Events

Fastest Skater

Eight players receive one timed lap around the rink in their direction of choice. At the end, the one with the fastest time walks away with the prize money.

Participants

Mathew Barzal, New York Islanders
Anthony Duclair, Ottawa Senators
Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks
Travis Konecny, Philadelphia Flyers
Chris Kreider, New York Rangers
Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Save Streak

The only event for goaltenders, they will face a team of nine shooters from one opposing division on breakaways, attempting to stop everything they face. Should a save be made on the ninth shooter — the division captain — the order will repeat until a goal is scored. The goaltender posting the longest save streak will be declared the winner, with total number of saves serving as the tie break.

Participants

Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs
Jordan Binnington, St. Louis Blues
Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets
Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh Penguins
Jacob Markstrom, Vancouver Canucks
David Rittich, Calgary Flames
Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

Accuracy Shooting

Players stand 25 feet from the net, and shoot at images that appear on an LED screen. The clock stopped when all targets on the display have been hit.

Participants

Tyler Bertuzzi, Detroit Red Wings
Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers
Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks
Nico Hischier, New Jersey Devils
Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Panthers
Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues
Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg Jets
Jaccob Slavin, Carolina Hurricanes

Elite Women’s 3-on-3

Some of the top women from Canada and the U.S. will go head-to-head in a game lasting two 10-minute periods of running time, with penalties resulting in penalty shots. The women have all been participating in Dream Gap Tour events after the CWHL was shuttered after last season, ready to put on a show for the crowd.

American All-Stars

Forwards

Alex Carpenter
Kendall Coyne Schofield
Brianna Decker
Amanda Kessel
Hilary Knight
Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson
Annie Pankowski

Defencemen

Kacey Bellamy
Lee Stecklein

Goaltender

Alex Rigsby Cavallini

Canadian All-Stars

Forwards

Meghan Agosta
Mélodie Daoust
Rebecca Johnston
Sarah Nurse
Marie-Philip Poulin
Natalie Spooner
Blayre Turnbull

Defencemen

Renata Fast
Laura Fortino

Goaltender

Ann-Renée Desbiens

Hardest Shot

Players fire a puck as hard as they can into an empty net. Each participant gets two shots during this event, with the player with the highest recorded speed being named the winner.

Participants

John Carlson, Washington Capitals
Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames
Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets
Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks
Shea Weber, Montreal Canadiens

Shooting Stars

The night ends with a new event, with players standing on a platform 30 feet above the ice surface and trying to hit various targets. Each participant gets sevne shots, with targets worth different values.

Participants

Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Mitchell Marner, Toronto Maple Leafs
Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis Blues
David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins
David Perron, St. Louis Blues
Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars
Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators
Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary Flames

There will also be two women participating: the winners of a Twitter vote being held to pick one member from Canada and the USA.