The 2012 NHL Skills Competition has drawn to a close and the curtain has dropped for the lone All-Star from the Colorado Avalanche, rookie Gabriel Landeskog. The 19-year-old Landeskog participated in Event 4, the Skills Challenge Relay.
Landeskog filled the role of the stick handler in the Relay 1, the slowest relay of the day, finishing at a 2:45 mark. The results from Event 4 were as follows:
Relay 1: 2:45
Relay 3: 2:14
Relay 2: 2:28
Relay 4: 2:08*
With the victory, Team Alfredsson boosted their lead to 6-9, eventually winning by a total score of 12-21.
The NHL All-Star weekend continues on Sunday with the NHL All-Star game, set for a 4:00 PM ET puck drop.
The event requires that two rookies participate, and the talented Landeskog is responsible for the stick handling portion of the race. Here is a look at the other players who will join in his relay team and their individual responsibilities:
G Series NHL Skills Challenge Relay
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
A complete list of events and players for the 2012 NHL Skills Competition is available here.
Sunday, Jan. 29: NHL All-Star Game -- 2 PM MT, NBC Sports Network
The Skills Competition will be announced by Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Eddie Olczyk (analyst), who will be joined by Pierre McGuire and Jeremy Roenick as on-ice reporting and player interviews. Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones are the NBC Sports studio analysts for the event.
The Colorado Avalanche won't be represented in the 2012 NHL All Star Game, but rookie Gabriel Landeskog has been selected as one of the rookies to participate with Team Chara in the weekend's events. Both teams were drafted for the game on Thursday night by their respective captains, and six rookies apiece are selected for each team as well.
Landeskog, 19, was the second overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Avalanche. He has 10 goals and 16 assists so far this season in 51 games with Colorado. He's fifth on the team in goals scored and fourth in points.
While the players selected in the normal phase of the draft compete in the actual All Star Game itself, the rookies will not be competing. Instead Landeskog will be among the rookies participating in the All Star Skills Challenge. Other rookies on Team Chara include Buffalo's Luke Adam, Montreal's Raphael Diaz, Ottawa's Colin Greening, Vancouver's Cory Hodgson and Columbus' Ryan Johansen.
Thursday night at 8 PM ET, the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft takes place with team captains D Zdeno Chara and RW Daniel Alfredsson -- of the blue and red teams respectively -- selecting from a pool of 100 All-Stars for the 2012 NHL All-Star Games.
This is the second year the league will conduct its NHL player draft, and with the new format, the fans vote in six players to join the pool of All-Stars who are otherwise selected by the league. The All-Stars then vote among themselves to elect two captains, who then pick the rosters for the All-Star Game and Skills Competition in a fantasy draft.
Rookie LW Gabriel Landeskog -- the lone Avalanche representative in 2012, will participate in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition, following D Kevin Shattenkirk who had the same honor in 2011. Landesko and his fellow rookies will have their own, separate draft following the veteran draft. Each of the Skill Competition events has at least one rookie participant.
The schedule for the 2012 All-Star festivities:
Thursday, Jan. 26: NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft -- 8 PM ET, NBC Sports Network
Colorado's first-round pick Gabriel Landeskog is one of 12 NHL rookies who received an invitation to participate in the Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition during All-Star weekend in Ottawa, Canada.