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Hockey skill games highlight World Cup Fan Village

Challenge Zone also includes leaderboards, tracking videos @NHL

TORONTO -- The best hockey players in the world are showing off their skills in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 at Air Canada Centre.

At the Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village, located in the city's Distillery District, fans are getting the chance to do the same.

The SAP Skills Challenge Zone features four hockey skill games as well as leaderboards with stats, and player- and puck-tracking videos.

Sam Pericolo and Andrew Smith, who came to Toronto from Boston for the World Cup, tried the four games (Sharp Shooter, Perfect Pass, Hardest Shot and Sweet Hands) Tuesday morning.

"It's lots of fun," Pericolo said. "I'm not that great but it's still a lot of fun."

"It was cool. It's good for all ages," Smith said. "We haven't picked up sticks in a few years, so we are a little rusty."

Smith and Pericolo said the skills challenge is one of the many great draws in the Fan Village, which will be open daily through Sunday.

"It's awesome here," said Pericolo, who used the free shuttle that takes fans to and from the Fan Village from Maple Leaf Square and the Harbour area on Monday. "We went to both games and shot down here between the two games to see the Stanley Cup. We saw the Cup and went right back. It's easy to get to, the shuttle is nice. It's fun."

Smith said the whole World Cup experience, as well as the excitement surrounding Team North America, a team made up of players 23-and-under from Canada and the United States, is great for hockey fans of all ages.

"For growing hockey, stuff like this is exactly what you want," Smith said. "Everything has been great. The staff's amazing, the events are educating everyone on the history of the game. It's been great."

The Scotiabank World Cup of Hockey Fan Village is a free fan festival in downtown Toronto at the historic Distillery District open through Sunday. It's the epicenter for fans throughout the tournament with something exciting for everyone. The free festival celebrates the food, music and culture of all participating hockey nations, and each day will feature a new and thrilling line-up of fun, family-oriented activities.

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