The NHL All-Star Game SuperSkills Competition, originally known as the National Hockey League All-Star Skills Competition, is an event on the night preceding the All-Star Game. Started at the 41st National Hockey League All-Star Game in Pittsburgh in 1990, the NHL uses the event to showcase the talents of its all-star participants. Events include accuracy shooting, fastest skater, Skills Challenge Relay, hardest shot, Breakaway Challenge, and an Elimination Shootout. The All-Star teams select representatives for each event, with points awarded to the winning team.
The purpose of the event is to be fastest skater around a designated course within the rink. The final race each year was originally one full lap around the rink until 2008, when the event was revised to a course, only to be changed back to one full lap after 2015. In 2016, American born, Dylan Larkin finished with a time of 13.172, setting the record.
|1990||Mike Gartner||28.1 mph|
* - Player was part of the All-Star Rookies; participated in the Skills Competition, but not the All-Star Game.
From the 2007-08 season onwards, the Breakaway Challenge format was changed to a "slam dunk" style challenge, where individual shooters showcase creative and skillful breakaways, with the winner being determined by fan voting via text messaging.
|2016||P. K. Subban|
The purpose of the event is to hit the four targets attached to the four corners of a goal in the fastest time. Prior to 2011, the object of the event was to hit all four targets in as few attempts as possible. Under this format, six players have gone four-for-four: Ray Bourque in 1992 and 1993, Mark Messier in 1996, Jeremy Roenick in 2004, Tomas Kaberle in 2008, Evgeni Malkin in 2009 and Daniel Sedin in 2011. Sedin is the current record holder, hitting 4/4 targets in 7.3 seconds. For the 2018 competition, the traditional foam targets were replaced with LED targets that light up to show the player where to shoot the puck next. During the 2019 Skills Competition, the LED light-up targets featured face emojis of four all-star NHL players. The 2020 competition introduced a fifth target in the center of the net, with the targets showing each player's name, team logo, All-Star Game logo, number of All-Star appearances by that player, and uniform number.
|1990||Wales Conference||Ray Bourque||4/7|
|1991||Campbell Conference||Mark Messier||4/5|
|1992||Wales Conference||Ray Bourque||4/4|
|1994||Western Conference||Brendan Shanahan||4/5|
|1996||Eastern Conference||Mark Messier||4/4|
|1998||North America||Ray Bourque
|2001||North America||Ray Bourque||4/6|
|2003||Eastern Conference||Jeremy Roenick||4/6|
|2011||Team Staal||Daniel Sedin||4/4 in 7.3 seconds|
|2012||Team Chara||Jamie Benn||10.204|
|2015||Team Foligno||Patrick Kane||13.529|
|2016||Eastern Conference||John Tavares||12.294 (4/5)|
|2017||Metropolitan Division||Sidney Crosby||10.73 (4/5)|
|2018||Pacific Division||Brock Boeser||11.136|
|2019||Atlantic Division||David Pastrnak||11.309|
|2020||Metropolitan Division||Jaccob Slavin||9.505 (5/8)|
|record||Team Staal||Daniel Sedin||4/4 in 7.3 seconds|
^ #:Score in final round is listed
This event consists of the following relays:
Two groups of each team participate: one-timers having left-hand shooters in one group and right-hand shooters in another.
The purpose of the event is to have the hardest shot. Martin Frk owns the record for the hardest shot in hockey with 109.2 mph during the 2020 AHL all-star competition. Zdeno Chara owns the NHL record for the hardest shot with 108.8 mph (175.1 km/h) in 2012, besting his own previous record of 105.9 in 2011. Prior to Chara the record was held by Al Iafrate at 105.2 mph. After Chara, Shea Weber holds the 3 hardest shots in 2015 and 2016, with 108.5 mph (174.6 km/h) in 2015, 108.1 (174 km/h) and 107.8 (173.5 km/h) on his post-match gala shot.
Al MacInnis holds the record for the most number of hardest shot wins at seven total (with an * on his speeds, as Al MacInnis always used a wooden stick, rather than the reinforced plastic/foam that modern sticks are made out of, because he said he got more accuracy with a wooden stick. He likely would have had a faster shot using the more modern sticks).
107.8 (gala shot)
The purpose of this event is for individual shooters to try to score on a breakaway against an opposing goalie. It is similar to the past event, Elimination Shootout; however, the shooter is not eliminated. The contest continues for three 2-minute rounds as six skaters from each team per round get a chance to score on the opposing team's goalie, gathering enough points until time runs out. Goals scored with game pucks equal 1 point, while Discover shootout pucks equal 2 points.
This event made its debut in 2017. The purpose of this event is for four skaters from each team to earn points by scoring goals from each line on the ice.
This event made its debut in 2018. The purpose of this event is for skaters to earn points for their division by passing the puck to various targets, courses and nets in the fastest time possible. Note: Each skill must be completed before moving on to the next station. For the 2019 Skills Competition, this event was called "Premier Passer".
This event made its debut in 2018. The purpose of this event is for goaltenders to earn points for their division by saving as many pucks as possible against an opposing division's shooter in NHL shootout fashion. The goaltender with the longest "save streak" and most saves wins the competition. Note: the winning goaltender receives $25,000.
|2018||Marc-Andre Fleury||Vegas Golden Knights||14|
|2019||Henrik Lundqvist||New York Rangers||12|
|2020||Jordan Binnington||St Louis Blues||10|
The purpose of the event is to be fastest skater over the course while also maintaining control of the puck through a series of pylons. There are two races; the first where each team has three skaters in a race against each other and the second for the best individuals of each conference. One goal awarded to the winning team of each competition.
This event returned in 2018. Skaters from each division earn points on their skills with puck handling in the fastest time possible. Note: each skill must be completed before moving on to the next station.
|1994||Eastern Conference||Russ Courtnall|
|1996||Western Conference||Pierre Turgeon|
|1997||Western Conference||Geoff Sanderson|
|1999||North America||Paul Kariya|
|2000||North America||Paul Kariya|
|2001||North America||Paul Kariya|
|2002||North America||Paul Kariya|
|2003||Western Conference||Martin St. Louis|
|2004||Western Conference||Rick Nash|
|2007||Western Conference||Rick Nash|
|2018||Pacific Division||Johnny Gaudreau||24.650 seconds|
|2019||Pacific Division||Johnny Gaudreau||27.045 seconds|
|record||Pacific Division||Johnny Gaudreau||24.650|
This event was new to 2020. It had players shooting from an elevated platform approximately 30 feet above the ice surface of the rink located in the seating bowl. Each Player shoots 7 pucks, scoring points for each target hit. (The arch target in center ice is 145 feet from the shooting platform). Players may hit the same target multiple times. In event of a tie, a sudden death "score-off" will occur.
The NHL introduced this new event in 2020, presented by Adidas and New Amsterdam Vodka. Twenty of the best women's players in the world competed in a 20-minute, 3-on-3 game, with ten American All-Stars facing off against ten Canadian All-Stars.
There was two 10-minute periods with a running clock (except last minute of regulation and penalty shots). Teams switch ends after one period of play. Penalties will be "served" with penalty shot being awarded to the player fouled. And in the event of a tie, there will be a 3-minute sudden death overtime with a running clock to determine the winner. If tied after overtime, a sudden death shootout will occur.
Goaltender: Ann-Renee Desbiens.
Coach: Jayna Hefford
Goaltender: Alex Rigsby Cavallini.
Coach: Cammi Granato
The purpose of the event is for individual scorers to try to score on a breakaway against an opposing goalie. Shooters who score stay alive in the contest while those failing to score are eliminated. The contest goes until all shooters are eliminated but one, with that shooter being the winner.
The purpose of the event is to use teamwork to score on a breakaway against an opposing goalie. Points are awarded to the team with the most goals and the individual goalie who lets in the fewest goals.
|1991||Campbell Conference||Mike Vernon|
|1992||Wales Conference||Mike Richter|
|1993||Campbell Conference||Jon Casey|
|1994||Western Conference||Curtis Joseph|
|1996||Eastern Conference||Dominik Hasek|
|2002||North America||Dominik Hasek|
|2003||Western Conference||Patrick Roy|
|2004||Eastern Conference||Roberto Luongo|
|2007||Western Conference||Roberto Luongo|
Points are awarded to the goalie allowing the fewest goals against in the Zone and Shootout/Breakaway Relay Events.
|Season||Player||Goals Against, Shots|
|1990||Kirk McLean||4, 27|
|1991||Patrick Roy||2, 25|
|1992||Mike Richter||2, 25|
|1993||Jon Casey||5, 40|
|1996||Dominik Hasek||4, 16|
|1997||John Vanbiesbrouck||2, 16|
|1998||Dominik Hasek||3, 16|
|1999||Arturs Irbe||2, 16|
|2000||Mike Richter||2, 16|
|2001||Sean Burke||4, 13|
|2003||Patrick Roy||1, 9|
|2004||Roberto Luongo||1, 12|
|2007||Roberto Luongo||0, 12|
In 2009, there was no score kept. In 2016, the winning conference was given the choice of whether to play the first or second mini-game in the All-Star Game the next day. In 2017, the winning division was given the choice of which opponent to play first in the All-Star Game. In 2018, even though there were four divisions, the competition focused on individual player and no score was kept.
The division team with the most points at the end of the Skills Competition will be able to pick its opponent for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game on Sunday (3:30 pm. ET; NBC, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, SN, TVA Sports), and whether they play in the first or second semi-final.