After Friday night’s pretty fantastic 100 Greatest Players celebration, including five Islanders greats, the competitions in the 2017 NHL All-Star Game weekend kick off with the [YOUR SPONSOR OF SOME SORT GOES HERE] skills competition at the [SOME OTHER SPONSOR] Center Saturday in Los [NOT CURRENTLY SPONSORED] Angeles.
The skills event begins at 7 p.m. EST (4 p.m. locally, Pacific), with squads from each division competing throughout the night for points in the overall division vs. division competition, which will determine opponent and start time of their first game on Sunday. (Sunday is a
They’ll also name individual champions, so we’ll have the traditional “fastest skater” and “hardest shot” bragging rights to dish out.
For Islanders fans, there is the added wrinkle of seeing the team leaders associated with this era — captain John Tavares and former alternates Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo — competing against one another.
You can see the full player assignments for each competition here. They’ll be competing in:
- [drink of some sort] NHL Skills Challenge Relay
- [car or Ducks arena or something] NHL Four Line Challenge
- [obnoxious commercials for gamblers] NHL Accuracy Shooting
- [rubber products] NHL Fastest Skater
- [meat-like substance] NHL Hardest Shot
- [branded verb] NHL Shootout
What’s the Four Line Challenge? It’s a new event, explained here.
One shooter from each of the four division teams will be set at four designated positions: the near blue line, center line, far blue line and far goal line. Points will be awarded for scoring into different areas of the net from different stations.
How to Watch
The event is televised on NBCSN in the United States and CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. Visit NBC Sports online and NHL.tv for more.