Couture in two NHL All-Star skills events

January 27, 2012, 11:06 pm
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Sharks center Logan Couture will take part in the NHL Skills competition Saturday night in the Breakaway and Relay challenges. The rosters for each were announced Friday as part of hockey's annual midseason showcase.

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TEAM CHARA Breakaway Challenge roster:
Rookie: Ryan Johansen
All-Star: Patrick Kane
All-Star: Corey Perry
Goalie: Carey Price
TEAM ALFREDSSON Breakaway Challenge roster:
Rookie: Sean Couturier
All-Star: John Tavares
All-Star: Logan Couture
Goalie: Brian Elliott

Breakaway Challenge format
The Breakaway Challenge involves one player mixing skill and creativity on a breakaway attempt on a goaltender. The event differs from a penalty shot in that a skater can start from anywhere in the offensive zone.

The three shooters will be made up of two All-Stars and one rookie, while each team will also select one goalie.

TEAM ALFREDSSON Relay Challenge roster:
One-timer passer: Nick Johnson
One-timer right-handed: Shea Weber
One-timer right-handed: Kris Letang
One-timer right-handed: Steven Stamkos
Passing accuracy: Henrik Sedin
Puck control: Milan Michalek
Stick handling: Logan Couture
Target shooter: James Neal
One-timer passer: Alex Edler
One-timer left-handed: Keith Yandle
One-timer left-handed: Scott Hartnell
One-timer left-handed: John Tavares
Passing accuracy: Daniel Sedin
Puck control: Craig Smith
Stick handling: Claude Giroux
Target shooter: Jason Pominville

TEAM CHARA Relay Challenge roster:
One-timer passer: Ryan Suter
One-timer right-handed: Dennis Wideman
One-timer right-handed: Jarome Iginla
One-timer right-handed: Joffrey Lupul
Passing accuracy: Patrick Kane
Puck control: Pavel Datsyuk
Stick handling: Gabriel Landeskog
Target shooter: Marian Gaborik
One-timer passer: Jordan Eberle
One-timer left-handed: Dion Phaneuf
One-timer left-handed: Zdeno Chara
One-timer left-handed: Jamie Benn
Passing accuracy: Kimmo Timonen
Puck control: Raphael Diaz
Stick handling: Evgeni Malkin
Target shooter: Phil Kessel

Skills Challenge Relay format
The event puts 14 All-Stars and two rookies from each team together.

The competition combines a variety of skills into five successive events. A one-timer event starts it off with three shooters and one passer needing to score three goals over an eight-inch barrier. Once completed, a different player must complete a pass into six nets placed around the rink to keep things going.

Next, a player must navigate a series of cones while controlling the puck before another skater stick-handles the puck through a series of obstacles.

In the accuracy portion, a shooter aims at four targets. Two groups from each team go through the entire relay, with the fastest squad in each heat getting a point and the fastest combined time getting a bonus point.