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by Ryan

Today the NHL announced the particapants in the Skills Competition on Saturday. I was curious to see how they would be using Thomas Vanek, but I got a little distracted along the way. Here are the names of the events:

Cisco NHL Hardest Shot

Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater

McDonalds NHL Accuracy Shooting

NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck

Scotiabank NHL Fan Fav Breakaway Challenge

Gatorade NHL Elimination Shootout

Holy crap. The Superskills events are all pretty meaningless, so I guess there’s nothing wrong with selling the naming rights for them. Still, how close are we to players wearing jerseys with an Upper Deck logo as the crest for each event, or even ads on regular uniforms? Naming the Winter Classic is one thing, but just how far away are we from the Stanley Cup Finals presented by Taco Bell?

Either way, expect a mouthful on Saturday night if you tune in. It looks like Vanek is only taking part in the Gatorade thingy, so that will be fun.


  1. Ogre39666

    Granted this idea is rooted in wanting to see Vanek in an event at the skills comp but I think a shot-tipping event would be pretty cool. You could set up a puck shooting machine at the blue line, set it at 80 mph, and have it set to shoot for the middle of the net. The players set up in front and have to tip the shot to hit targets set up in the corners and the bottom middle. At the very least it would be just another display of skill at an event that’s all about displaying skill.

  2. Ryan

    Interesting. I like it, but who will sponsor it? Applebees? Chilis? We need to get a “tip” metaphor going with this, right?

    On a serious note, I think with the way the game has changed it’s not a bad idea to try something like this. Maybe a shot could be going wide of the net and they have to tip it in, or just a few different tips with the best score winning. We’ll put a presentation together and forward it to the league.

  3. Ogre39666

    I’d put my money on Outback Steakhouse 😉