The speed of Kendall Coyne Schofield, power of Blake Bolden and Lee Stecklein, shooting accuracy of Hannah Brandt, trick shot-making ability of Amanda Kessel and Gigi Marvin, and goaltending of Shannon Szabados are among the many talents that will be on display at the 2019 NWHL Skills Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 9.
The lineups for Captains Szabados and Stecklein have been revealed in advance of the Skills Challenge, which will take place before a sold-out crowd at Ford Ice Center and live on Twitter beginning at 5 p.m. CT. The event is on the eve of the 2019 NWHL All-Star Game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. CT.
“As Kendall Coyne Schofield, Brianna Decker and the great players from Team Canada showed the world at NHL All-Star, women’s hockey is filled with athletes with elite-level skills,” said NWHL deputy commissioner and director of player development Hayley Moore. “We are proud to say that our Skills Challenge has been long sold out, and we can’t wait for the fans at Ford Ice Center and those watching on Twitter to see the best of the NWHL.”
2019 NWHL All-Star Skills Challenge
Fastest Skater (4 one-on-one races; player with the best time earns point for her team)
Team Szabados: Michelle Picard, Amanda Pelkey, Lexi Bender, Kendall Coyne Schofield
Team Stecklein: Lisa Chesson, Jonna Curtis, Kate Schipper, Allie Thunstrom
Fastest Goaltender (2 one-on-one races; player with the best time earns point for her team)
Katie Burt vs. Amanda Leveille
Shannon Szabados vs. Nicole Hensley
Accuracy Shooting (player who shatters all 4 targets in the quickest time earns point for her team)
Team Szabados: Hayley Scamurra, Haley Skarupa, Savannah Harmon
Team Stecklein: Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Emily Pfalzer
Trick Shot Challenge (winner decided by the fans in attendance)
Team Szabados: Amanda Kessel, Madison Packer, Katerina Mrázová
Team Stecklein: Gigi Marvin, Emily Fluke, Jillian Dempsey
Hardest Shot (team with the skater who has the fastest shot is awarded the point)
Team Szabados: Blake Bolden, Amanda Boulier, Shannon Doyle, Audra Richards
Team Stecklein: Lee Stecklein, Michelle Löwenhielm, Alyssa Gagliardi, Courtney Burke
Go for Goal Shootout Relay
All players participate. Team scoring the most goals in the allotted time is awarded the point.
Although the Skills Challenge is sold out, $20 tickets to the NWHL All-Star Game remain available at Ticketmaster and NWHL.zone/tickets. Ticketholders for the Blues-Predators game at 11:30 am CT are invited to stay for the NWHL event. Fans with general admission tickets for the NWHL All-Star Game will be able to enter Bridgestone Arena at approximately 2 pm.
About the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL)
?Established in 2015, the NWHL became the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players and share in revenue from select apparel sales. The mission of the league is to promote and develop women’s hockey, increase participation and interest in the sport at all levels, and shine a light on the role models that fill the rosters of all of its clubs. The league is made up of the Boston Pride (2016 Isobel Cup champions), Buffalo Beauts (2017 champions), Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters (2018 champions), and Minnesota Whitecaps. For more information, please visit NWHL.zone and follow the league on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @NWHL.
Chris Botta, NWHL – firstname.lastname@example.org