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ALL STAR WEEKEND: Perry, Gibson's Roles In 2016 NHL Skills Competition

Perry participates in three events, while Gibby gets a shootout spot.

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With the NHL All Star Weekend in full swing, featuring the Skills Competition tomorrow night and the All Star Game on Sunday, the roles have been released for Anaheim Ducks participants Corey Perry and John Gibson.

After winning the Elimination Shootout event at the 2011 event, and finishing runner up in the Breakaway Challenge event in 2012, Perry will get to test his skills in the Accuracy Shooting, Skills Challenge Relay (as a right-handed one time shooter), and the Shootout event, while Gibson will make an appearance in the second round of the Shootout event.

The Accuracy Shooting event has evolved over the years, first beginning as a pure target-hitting exercise to pop plates in the corners of the net in as few shots as possible, and evolving in 2011 into a challenge to hit the four targets in as quick a time as possible. Just three players hit four targets in four shots from 1990-2009, with Ray Bourque doing it back-to-back years in 1992 and 1993, Mark Messier in 1996, and Jeremy Roenick in 2004. Patrick Kane is the reigning champion, having hit all four targets in 13.529 seconds; Daniel Sedin holds the time record at 7.3 seconds. Bourque is the greatest competitor in the event, having won it outright or shared victory in eight separate events.

Accuracy Shooting Competititors
Eastern Conference Western Conference
John Tavares (NYI) Patrick Kane (CHI)
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) Joe Pavelski (SJS)
Claude Giroux (PHI) Corey Perry (ANA)
Evgeni Malkin (PIT) Jamie Benn (DAL)
Nicklas Backstrom (WSH) Passer Drew Doughty (LA) Passer
Jaromir Jagr (FLA) Passer Vladimir Tarasenko (STL) Passer

The Skills Challenge Relay was instituted at the 2011 event, featuring three players needing to score from three separate locations in the offensive zone, a passing challenge in the neutral zone involving passing into six small nets, a puck control relay involving skating back and forth through cones, a stick handling event controlling the puck through a series of pucks, and ending with a goalie goals event to try and score from the other end of the rink.

Relay Challenge #1
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Aaron Ekblad (FLA) One-Timer RH Shea Weber (NSH) One-Timer RH
Erik Karlsson (OTT) One-Timer RH Drew Doughty (LA) One-Timer RH
Steven Stamkos (TBL) One-Timer RH Corey Perry (ANA) One-Timer RH
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) One-Timer Passer Taylor Hall (EDM) One-Timer Passer
Nicklas Backstrom (WSH) Mini Net Passing Daniel Sedin (VAN) Mini Net Passing
Justin Faulk (CAR) Puck Control Johnny Gaudreau (CGY) Puck Control
Claude Giroux (PHI) Stick Handling Patrick Kane (CHI) Stick Handling
Braden Holtby (WSH) Goalie Goals Pekka Rinne (NSH) Goalie Goals

The Shootout event goes almost exactly how one would imagine; groups of six players from each conference alternate taking breakaway shots on opposing goalies for two minutes. There are three separate rounds.

Shootout Competitors Round 2
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Patrice Bergeron (BOS) Joe Pavelski (SJS)
Nicklas Backstrom (WSH) Taylor Hall (EDM)
Steven Stamkos (TBL) Jamie Benn (DAL)
Evgeny Kuznetsov (WSH) James Neal (NSH)
Ryan McDonagh (NYR) Johnny Gaudreau (CGY)
Justin Faulk (CAR) Dustin Byfuglien (WPG)
Braden Holtby (WSH) Goalie John Gibson (ANA) Goalie

And the round featuring Perry:

Shootout Competitors Round 3
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Claude Giroux (PHI) John Scott (ARI)
Dylan Larkin (DET) Shea Weber (NSH)
John Tavares (NYI) Tyler Seguin (DAL)
Kris Letang (PIT) Corey Perry (ANA)
Erik Karlsson (OTT) Drew Doughty (LA)
Brandon Saad (CBJ) Roman Josi (NSH)
Corey Schneider (NJD) Goalie Pekka Rinne (NSH) Goalie

A full list of the event participants can be found at

Current/Former Ducks Players In Previous Skills Competitions

Both current and former Anaheim Ducks players have some cool history in the Skills Competition.

Eight players that have won the Fastest Skater competition have ended up wearing (Mighty) Ducks colors; Sergei Fedorov won in 1992 and 1994, Scott Niedermayer won in 1998 and 2004, Shawn Horcoff in 2008, Andrew Cogliano in 2009, and Carl Hagelin in 2012. Andy McDonald is the only player to win the competition while representing the Ducks, doing so in 2007 with a time of 14:03. Jonathan Drouin's 2015 time of 13.103 is the fastest in competition history.

Anaheim also has ties to three of the winners of the Hardest Shot event. Sergei Fedorov won the event in 2002, and Sheldon Souray shared the honors in 2004. Though he never wore Ducks colors, current defenseman Josh Manson's father Dave won in 1996. Zdeno Chara holds the record with a 108.8 MPH shot, taken at the 2012 event.

There are past events that Mighty Ducks players won as well. Before it was incorporated as part of the overall Skills Relay, the Puck Control event was held separately from 1990-2008; Teemu Selanne won in 1998 as part of the World team, while Paul Kariya won it four straight seasons from 1999-2002 as part of the North American team. Current Duck Shawn Horcoff won the final event. Goalie Guy Hebert had tied for the best performance in the Breakaway Relay event back in 1997.

The Skills Competition is one of the most fun nights of the regular season, so be sure to tune in at 4 PM tomorrow!