Skills competition out, open skate in for Frozen Four Friday lineup

After a five-year run, the skills competition is out of the Frozen Four lineup.

It will be replaced by an open skate on the Xcel Energy Center ice as part of the Friday night schedule that includes the ceremonies for the Hobey Baker and Hockey Humanitarian awards.

Plans are for the open skate to include some notable hockey figures, although no names have been released yet.

Started in 2006, the skills competition brought in men’s and women’s players from Divisions I and III whose eligibility had expired.

This year’s Friday Night at the Frozen Four event is scheduled to begin with a one-hour autograph session at 4:30 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 8.

The Hockey Humanitarian Award ceremony begins at 5:30, with the Hobey Baker Award ceremony starting at 6 (live on ESPNU). The Science of Hockey Awards will begin at 6:30, and the open skate runs from 7 to 9:30.

Tickets are $13 ($8 for students, seniors age 55 and up and groups of 12 or more) and available through the Xcel Energy Center box office and Ticketmaster.