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Skills competition rocks Rexall

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

SHOOTING ACCURACY

FOUR TARGETS WERE SET UP ON THE CORNER OF THE NET WITH PLAYERS GIVEN EIGHT SHOTS TO HIT THEM.

Shawn Horcoff, Sam Gagner and Tom Gilbert represented Team Orange, while Dustin Penner, Jason Strudwick and Marc Pouliot shot for Team White.

Gilbert looked to have the event won by hitting four targets on five attempts, but Pouliot was a perfect 4-for-4 to claim top spot. Reddox and Horcoff were both 4-for-6, while Penner and Strudwick each hit two of the targets.

HARDEST SHOT

EIGHT PLAYERS TOOK PART IN THE EVENT WITH EACH GETTING THREE SHOTS AT THE NET FROM THE SLOT. A RADAR GUN MEASURED EACH SHOT.

Tom Gilbert, Denis Grebeshkov, Zack Stortini and Sheldon Souray represented Team Orange, while Steve Staios, Lubomir Visnovsky, Dustin Penner and Steve MacIntyre shot for Team White.

Penner set the early standard with a shot registering 100.8 mph.

However, to no one's surprise, Souray - voted in a recent Sun Media poll to have the hardest shot in the NHL - blew the mark away, registering 106.7 mph on his first shot and 105.1 with his second. The speed on the opening shot was an NHL record. However, it's not the hardest ever. The World Hockey Association once reportedly clocked a Bobby Hull shot at 118.3 mph.

FASTEST SKATER

FASTEST TO COMPLETE A LAP.

Robert Nilsson, Liam Reddox and Erik Cole were selected to represent Team Orange, while Ladislav Smid, Andrew Cogliano and Gilbert Brule skated for Team White.

Nilsson set the early time to beat, getting around the rink in 13.901 seconds, a time that was later bettered by Cogliano (13.719) and Brule (13.792).

However, Cole won the event with a blistering time of 13.117, the fastest time an official claimed to have recorded in 18 years of working skills competitions.

POWER PLAY

TEAMS OF THREE WENT UP AGAINST A DEFENCEMAN AND GOALTENDER IN AN EFFORT TO SCORE AS MANY GOALS AS POSSIBLE IN AN ALLOTTED LENGTH OF TIME.

Liam Reddox, Ethan Moreau and Erik Cole went up against Lubomir Visnovsky and Dwayne Roloson in the opening session and were unable to score.

Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Steve MacIntyre were able to score three goals on Mathieu Garon and Denis Grebeshkov in the next session.

Robert Nilsson, Zack Stortini and Sam Gagner managed one goal on Roloson, while Gilbert Brule, Kyle Brodziak and Jason Strudwick were able to get one past Mathieu Garon in the following sessions.

\ KING OF THE SHOOTOUT

THREE GROUPS OF THREE PLAYERS TOOK TURNS GOING IN ON A BREAKAWAY. THOSE WHO SCORED MOVED ON TO THE NEXT ROUND.

Shawn Horcoff and Ethan Moreau were able to beat Dwayne Roloson, while Lubomir Visnovsky, Gilbert Brule and Ladislav Smid scored on Mathieu Garon in the opening round.

Moreau and Brule were able to score in the second round, setting up a head to head match up in the final.

After both missed on their first attempts, they each got another shot, which only Moreau converted, giving him the event.

THREE ON THREE CHALLENGE

THE TEAMS PLAYED TWO SIX-MINUTE PERIODS OF THREE-ON-THREE HOCKEY TO CLOSE OUT THE SKILLS COMPETITION.

Gilbert Brule and Kyle Brodziak scored on Mathieu Garon to give Team White the early lead, but Tom Gilbert was able to pull one back for Orange before the end of the first period.

Sheldon Souray scored in the second period to even the affair, but Dustin Penner and Andrew Cogliano scored to restore the White lead.

Team Orange was able to pull one goal back, but it wasn't enough to stave defeat as they fell 18-16 in the overall competition.

PUCK CONTROL RELAY

THE OBJECT OF THE EVENT WAS TO RACE DOWN TO THE OTHER END OF THE ICE, PICK UP A PUCK AND SLALOM BACK WITH IT THROUGH A COURSE OF PYLONS.

The first race consisted of two teams of three skaters with Tom Gilbert, Shawn Horcoff and Robert Nilsson on one side representing Team Orange and Ladislav Smid, Steve Staios and Marc Pouliot representing Team White. Pouliot, anchoring the relay for White crossed the line just prior to Team Orange anchor Nilsson to collect the first point of the competition.

Liam Reddox then edged out Kyle Brodziak in the individual event earning a point for Team Orange.


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