Ace's Got Skills Just Around the Corner

Thursday, 09.7.2006 / 9:00 PM PT / News
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Ace\'s Got Skills Just Around the Corner

After the tremendous success of the inaugural event, anticipation is high for the upcoming Ace's Got Skills competition. Last year's edition saw four of the nine youth players representing the Ducks come home with titles at the National Championships in New York City. Several youth players will hope to duplicate that success, taking the first steps at local competitions held in November.
 
The three local events will be held Nov. 14 from 6:15-9:15 p.m. at Aliso Viejo Ice Palace, Nov. 16 at the Westminster Ice Arena from 6:15-9:15 p.m. and Nov. 18 from 1-4 p.m. at Anaheim Ice. Anaheim Ducks players Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf will be present on the ice to participate and give instruction to participants.

The Ace's Got Skills competition is open to boys and girls ages 9-12. The competition tests skill level in five different categories: Skating, Shooting Accuracy, Hardest Shot, Breakaway Shootout and Goaltending.

Registration is $20 and each youth only needs to compete in one local level competition. If they win a skill in that competition they qualify for the National Championships, held in New York City in the spring. Participants are divided into \'Travel\' and \'House\' levels to create the most balanced competitive environment, and there will be winners at both levels.

Registration for this year's event is available at www.acesgotskills.com. Anyone interested can also pick up registration sheets at the three ice rinks that will be hosting local competitions.

Launched in September 2004, Ace's Got Skills is modeled after the NHL's All-Star Super Skills Competition. A total of 61 kids representing nine U.S. states competed at the National Championships last year. They were winners of the six regional/local Got Skills competitions, which were held and hosted by NHL clubs during the past season: the Ducks, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars.
 
Several youths representing the Ducks shined last year at the National Championships. Max Becker of Orange (hardest shot, shootout), T.J. Sneath of Chino (accuracy, shootout), Jeremiah Goddard of Long Beach (hardest shot) and Patrick Leahy of Coto de Caza (accuracy) all brought home championships. Becker and Sneath also each captured Sports Illustrated for Kids Top Skills Awards, which went to the participant who had the best average score across all of the events.

A portion of the "Ace's Got Skills" registration fees benefit the Ace Bailey Children's Foundation, an organization dedicated to the well being of children undergoing major medical treatment in hospitals.  The foundation seeks to improve hospital programs, environments and professional services that reduce the stress of hospitalization for newborns, children and their families.

The competition and foundation's namesake, Ace Bailey, played 11 seasons in the NHL on five different teams and won two Stanley Cup trophies with the Boston Bruins in 1970 and 1972.  After his playing career, he joined the Edmonton Oilers scouting staff before serving as the Director of Pro Scouting for the Los Angeles Kings for seven years.  He was killed on September 11, 2001 in the terrorist attacks as he was on board a flight to Los Angeles for the Kings' training camp.

For more information, download the Registration Form here.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 CHI 75 45 24 6 213 175 96
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 75 24 44 13 68
C. Perry 63 32 20 15 52
R. Kesler 78 20 27 -2 47
S. Vatanen 63 12 25 6 37
J. Silfverberg 77 12 23 12 35
P. Maroon 69 9 25 -4 34
J. Wisniewski 66 8 26 -14 34
C. Fowler 76 7 27 5 34
H. Lindholm 74 7 26 23 33
M. Beleskey 63 22 10 15 32
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 33 11 5 .914 2.40
J. Gibson 13 7 0 .916 2.58


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