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POSTED ON Sunday, 01.25.2015 / 5:52 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Team Toews defeated Team Foligno by a score of 17-12 at the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus on Sunday.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins finished with 13:07 of icetime for Team Foligno. He had two assists -- both in the first period -- plus two shots on goal and was -2 on the day.

Stay tuned for post-game reaction.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 01.25.2015 / 4:59 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

After two periods, Team Toews leads Team Foligno 11-8. Team Foligno holds a 35-32 edge in shots. Team Toews scored seven goals on 16 shots in the middle frame.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had two assists in the first period. Through two periods, he is even in plus/minus, 50% in the faceoff dot and 9:42 of icetime.

RNH leads all skaters with an average shift length of 1:37 (tied with Radim Vrbata).

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POSTED ON Sunday, 01.25.2015 / 3:56 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins netted his second helper of the game, this time dishing it off to Kevin Shattenkirk in front for the goal.

Four players on Team Foligno have two points after the first period of play: Ryan Johansen (two goals), Radim Vrbata (one goal, one assist), Kevin Shattenkirk (one goal, one assist) and Nugent-Hopkins (two assists). Nobody on Team Toews has two points.

After one period, the score is 4-4.


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POSTED ON Sunday, 01.25.2015 / 3:36 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made a great pass to send Radim Vrbata in alone on a breakaway, giving Team Foligno an early 1-0 lead in the NHL All-Star Game.


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POSTED ON Sunday, 01.25.2015 / 3:04 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

We will be posting highlights of each point that Nugent-Hopkins gets in the game plus other memorable moments and will otherwise keep you in the loop with photos and tidbits from the afternoon. Check back regularly for updates.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 01.25.2015 / 2:52 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

In warm-up prior to the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins skated on a line with Vancouver's Radim Vrbata and Buffalo's Zemgus Girgensons.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 01.24.2015 / 8:18 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

While he wasn't an extremely active participant, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins remarked that he had a good time at his first-ever NHL All-Star Skills Competition.

“It was good. It was a lot of fun. I didn’t have too much going on out there so it was a lot of watching guys show off all their talents,” he said after the event.

When asked what his own personal highlight was, he talked about Shea Weber's 108 mile-per-hour slap shot which came after Weber missed the net at 101.

“It started off with the 101 that missed the net and kind of took people off guard there a little bit then came back with 108 so it was definitely a hard shot.”

Nugent-Hopkins added that his former World Junior Hockey Championship teammate Jonathan Drouin got the fastest time and he was happy for him.

“It was good seeing Drouin with the fastest skater time. He was flying there, too. It was fun to be a part of and fun to watch.”

Nugent-Hopkins did take part in the Skills Challenge Relay where he had to saucer the puck into four different nets. He nailed the first two nets before hitting the post on the third a few times.

“It was pretty tough. I think it was more of a mental game. On that third net for me, I started to miss a few then it got in my head a little bit. after that, though, it was a lot of fun. It’s something I’d like to try with nobody watching and no pressure.”

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POSTED ON Saturday, 01.24.2015 / 6:41 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

RNH helps Kane win Accurate Shooter | Team Foligno is introduced | RNH on the Red Carpet
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins took part in the NHL Skills Challenge Relay. His group didn't fare too well, being behind the eight-ball quickly with some problems in the one-timer portion of the challenge. However, Team Foligno still managed two out of three points in the event. 

Event description: 

Procedure / Rules
Event consist of 4 relays with the following skills;
  •   One timers -- three shooters, 1 passer (Each shooter must score two goals)
  •   Passing -- one passer (Passer must complete a pass into each of the four nets)
  •   Puck Control Relay -- one skater (Skater with puck skates through a series of cones)
  •   Stick Handling -- one skater (Skater controls puck through a series of pucks)
  •   Goalie Goals -- one goalie (Goalie must score two goals)
For one of the relay's the one timer shooters must be lefties and for the other relay they must be righties
Each skill must be completed before moving on to the next skill. Referee whistles/signals start of next skill
This is a timed event, with the fastest time winning.

Event scoresheet

TEAM FOLIGNO   TEAM TOEWS
RELAY 1 RELAY 1
Skater Skill/Position Skater
D. Doughty One-timer (RH) S. Weber
R. Johansen One-timer (RH) J. Faulk
S. Stamkos One-timer (RH) T. Seguin
B. Burns One-timer (Pass) R. Getzlaf
A. Kopitar Mini net passer J. Tavares
K. Shattenkirk Puck control J. Gaudreau
P. Kane Stick handling M. Hoffman
C. Price Goalie goals J. Halak
 
Total time: 1:37.979   Total time: 2:06.262
 
TEAM FOLIGNO   TEAM TOEWS
RELAY 2 RELAY 2
Skater Skill/Position Skater
Z. Girgensons One-timer (LH) M. Giordano
D. Keith One-timer (LH) R. Suter
N. Foligno One-timer (LH) J. Voracek
J. Sekac One-timer (Pass) P. Bergeron
R. Nugent-Hopkins Mini net passer T. Johnson *
D. Doughty Puck control V. Tarasenko
O. Ekman-Larsson Stick handling F. Forsberg
M. Fleury Goalie Goals R. Luongo
 
Total time: 2:19.793
Total time: 1:38.789
 
Winner: 
 
Score after this event Team Foligno: 12
Team Toews: 2
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POSTED ON Saturday, 01.24.2015 / 6:28 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

RNH helps Kane win Accurate Shooter | Team Foligno is introduced | RNH on the Red Carpet
Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was feeding pucks to Bobby Ryan, Nick Foligno, Radim Vrbata and Patrick Kane in the Most Accurate Shooter event at the NHL Skills Competition. Foligno, Vrbata and Kane each won their match-up, with Kane having the best overall time. This gave Team Foligno the win, 4-1 in the event. 

Event scoresheet

Qualifying Round 
TEAM FOLIGNO TEAM TOEWS
Shooter Total Time Shooter Total Time
1. B. Ryan  30.914 1. R. Getzlaf  14.105
2. N. Foligno  13.674 2. P. Bergeron  17.038
3. R. Vrbata  22.141 3. J. Tavares  26.122
4. P. Kane  13.529 4. J. Toews  16.307
Passer   Passer  
1. R. Nugent-Hopkins  --- 1. R. Nash  ---
2. A. Kopitar  --- 2. P. Elias  ---
 
Winner: Patrick Kane
 
Score after this event Team Foligno: 10
Team Toews: 1
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POSTED ON Saturday, 01.24.2015 / 12:07 PM MT
By Marc Ciampa - edmontonoilers.com / Inside the Oilers

WATCH | Video from Saturday's All-Star/World Cup Press Conference

The NHL announced on Saturday that there will be a World Cup in 2016.

One of the teams that will be in the tournament is an Under-24 team of North American players competing as a unit. If the event was held in the fall of 2016, Nugent-Hopkins would be eligible to play on this team.

“I think it gives a good opportunity to a lot of the guys. There’s a lot of great players out there. If you give as many players a chance to play in that tournament as possible, it’s a good thing,” Nugent-Hopkins said, adding that he would prefer to play for Canada but would be happy to simply attend the tournament in any form that may take.

“It’s definitely fun representing Canada, putting the sweater on your back. It’ll be a lot of fun playing in that tournament no matter who you’re playing for.”

As for how a 23-and-under team would do, he was optimistic.

“I think they’d be the underdog for sure but there’s a lot of great players who are under 23 in the league. I think they’d have a good shot.”

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