NHL MORNING SKATE – JAN. 31, 2016
 
 
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TODAY’S SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
All Times Central
 
* Click here for the full schedule of public events, including the IntelliCentrics Outdoor Concert Series.
 
Media Workroom Open
Open 24 Hours
Renaissance Nashville – Fisk Room – Level 2
 
Media Credential Distribution
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Bridgestone Arena – 5th Avenue S (Outside Rehearsal Hall Entrance)
 
NHL Fan Fair presented by Bridgestone
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Music City Center
^ Media check-in desk located outside Exhibit Hall B on Level 3. Media must present valid media affiliation photo I.D. for access.
 
Media Opportunity – New Digital Products
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Music City Center
^ Preview the NHL’s newest digital products, NHL.tv and the Official NHL Mobile Application, set for launch by the NHL and MLBAM on Monday, Feb. 1.
 
Media Meal
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Bridgestone Arena – Rehearsal Hall
 
2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game
4:00 p.m.
Bridgestone Arena
(NBCSN, CBC, TVAS)
 
EAST WINS SKILLS COMPETITION, PLAYS FIRST TODAY . . .
The Eastern Conference won the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition, 29-12, and elected to play first in today’s 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game.
 
Individual Event Winners
Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater: Dylan Larkin (DET) – 12.894 seconds*
Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge: P.K. Subban (MTL) – 31.0%
DraftKings NHL Accuracy Shooting: John Tavares (NYI) – 12.294 seconds
AMP Energy NHL Hardest Shot: Shea Weber (NSH) – 108.1 mph
* Larkin also broke Mike Gartner’s all-time record for one lap at 13.172 seconds
 
Click here for the full results.
 
REMINDER: The new format for the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Game transforms the midseason showcase into a 3-on-3 tournament among the League’s most talented players from each division. Click here for the rosters.
 
. . . LAUGHS, FUN HIGHLIGHT SATURDAY IN NASHVILLE
 
 
Players, including Predators forward James Neal, signed autographs and met with fans on the red carpet prior to the 2016 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition.
 
 
Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin broke Mike Gartner’s all-time record with a 13.172-second lap in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater.
 
 
Sharks defenseman Brent Burns and Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban channeled famous characters in the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge.
 
 
Avalanche forward Matt Duchene brought out the country in the Honda NHL Breakaway Challenge.
 
 
Predators captain Shea Weber blasted a 108.1-mph slap shot, 0.7 mph shy of the all-time record, to win his second straight AMP Energy NHL Hardest Shot.
 
NHL ANNOUNCES KINGS AS HOST OF 2017 ALL-STAR FESTIVITIES
The NHL announced the selection of the Kings, STAPLES Center and city of Los Angeles as hosts of the 2017 NHL All-Star celebration. The League’s midseason showcase will take place Jan. 28-29 and will include the Skills Competition and All-Star Game.
 
The 2017 NHL All-Star celebration will be the third time the League’s All-Star activities take place in Los Angeles. The Kings previously hosted the game in 1981 at The Forum and in 2002 at STAPLES Center.
 
Click here for more information.
 
 
 
NHL RALLIES HOCKEY FAMILY TO SUPPORT LAING’S RECOVERY
As the NHL celebrates the brightest stars of the game in Nashville, it also continues to rally the hockey community to support Denna Laing in her rehabilitation from a serious injury suffered during the inaugural Women’s Outdoor Classic.
 
On behalf of its member clubs, the NHL is donating $200,000 to assist Laing in her rehabilitation and recovery. Honda and Ticketmaster, League partners and members of the hockey family, are teaming to donate a 2016 Honda Odyssey that will be retrofitted to meet Laing’s transportation needs.
 
To follow and support Laing’s recovery, visit DennaLaing.org.
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