Sen's a real big shot

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:15 AM ET

Mike Fisher carried a big stick for the Senators yesterday.

In fact, it was the biggest.

Using a longer version of his usual stick, the Senators centre registered the hardest shot in the annual skills competition in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 16,161 at Scotiabank Place.

Fisher registered a shot of 102 mph and unseated defenceman Christoph Schubert in the event.

Blueliner Andrej Meszaros finished second at 101.7 mph while captain Daniel Alfredsson was third at 100.9.

"I haven't done it for a little while," said Fisher. "I think the bigger stick helped a little bit. It was just an inch longer, I didn't cut it.

''I thought I might be around 98. I didn't think I would come in that high."

The hardest shot is always the premiere event of the afternoon, but the fastest skater contest was interesting as well. The 33-year-old Dean McAmmond won one for the ages with a time of 14.054 seconds, knocking off the speedy Antoine Vermette, 24, who dove across the line in 14.144.

Vermette did his part in the shooting accuracy event by being the only player to go 4-for-4 in the target shots. Centre Jason Spezza and defenceman Tom Preissing were both 4-for-5.

"I let my buddies down in the fastest skating, but I redeemed myself a bit," said Vermette.

In the overall competition, Alfredsson's Team Red defeated Wade Redden's Team White 16-11, but all the fun was for a good cause. As a result of the large crowd, the Senators were able to donate $120,000 to Easter Seals and Roger's House.


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