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The NHL announced today the details of the Honda NHL SuperSkills competition to be held Jan. 29 at the RBC Center during the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend.

The 42 All-Stars and 12 selected rookies will participate in six events:

-- Fastest skater. There will be six preliminary races, with two players skating one lap of the ice. The players with the fastest times from each team meet in one final match race.

-- Breakaway Challenge. They're bringing this event back, with the emphasis again on creativity. Alex Ovechkin of the Caps has won it twice. Three shooters and one goalie from each team will participate. Fans in the arena and watching on TV will be able to vote via text for their favorites.

-- Accuracy Shooting. From 25 feet in front of the net, shooters will aim at four foam targets attached to the side of the goalposts. The object is to hit all the targets in the fastest time.

-- Skills Challenge Relay. A new event, it will have 16 players from each team in an all-around competition that includes the one-timer, passing, puck control, stickhandling and accuracy shooting in four relays.

-- Hardest Shot. Just like it sounds. Hardest shot wins. Zdeno Chara of the Bruins registered 105.4 mph in 2009.

-- Elimination Shootout. They're calling this "Hockey Survivor." Shooters who score move on to the next round and the last shooter wins. Everyone will compete.

There will be champions in each individual event, with Team Staal competing against Team Lidstrom for points.






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And I will be there...

enough said!....WOO HOO!!

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A Raleigh native, Chip has worked at the N&O since 1979 and is the Canes beat writer. He can be reached at You can follow him on Twitter at @ice_chip.