Fisher still has a blast

Ryan Shannon stickhandles around the course at the 2010 Sens Skills competition Sunday at...

Ryan Shannon stickhandles around the course at the 2010 Sens Skills competition Sunday at Scotiabank Place. The event raised $100,000 which was donated to Easter Seals, Rogers House and minor hockey. (QMI Agency/Tony Caldwell)

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

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Mike Fisher is still Mr. Big Shot for the Senators.

After a 5-0 loss to the Leafs on Saturday ended their franchise-record 11-game winning streak, the Senators spent Super Bowl Sunday having a little fun with their annual skills competition in front of 15,112 fans at Scotiabank Place.

As usual, it provided a few thrills, chills and some laughs — and raised $100,000, which was donated to Easter Seals, Rogers House and local minor hockey associations.

While Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson registered a shot of 101.1 mph and defenceman Matt Carkner hammered off one at 100.9, Fisher was able to fend off the duo with a blast of 101.3.

Nobody was close to defenceman Sheldon Souray’s unofficial NHL mark of 106.7 set during the Oilers’ skills competition last year in Edmonton, but Fisher was able to edge out Alfredsson to help Team Red take the point.

Fisher wasn’t ready to surrender his title.

“It’s obviously nice to win and beating Alfie was not an easy task. It was very close,” said Fisher, who set the team record with a 105 mark during the 2008 competition.

With speedy forward Antoine Vermette now toiling for the Blue Jackets, the fastest-skater competition was wide open. Vermette set the mark in 2004 with a time of 13.709 seconds. The NHL record was set last year by Carolina’s Erik Cole in 13.117.

It was speedy winger Ryan Shannon who emerged as the winner with a time of 13.922, edging out Fisher.

“I like the speed skating, I like the races,” said Shannon. “In college, I figured out speed was going to be my thing. I wasn’t going to run anybody into the boards. We had good competition. Fish was kind of a darkhorse. I thought (Peter) Regin or (Milan) Michalek would be tough ones.”

Shean Donovan — who injured himself in last year’s competition when he crashed into the boards — had the best look in a speed-skating bodysuit, but that’s where the similarities between the winger and Olympic champion Gaetan Boucher ended.

Donovan registered a time of just 15.297.

Winger Alex Kovalev put his incredible skills on display in the freestyle competition. First, he skated in with the puck underneath one skate and beat goalie Brian Elliott. Then, Kovalev dropped both gloves, put the puck in between them and fired one through Elliott’s legs.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was winger Jonathan Cheechoo winning the most accurate shooting competition. He has had a tough time hitting the net all season and has only five goals in 50 games. But he won the title by hitting 4-of-5 targets.

Team Red, captained by defenceman Chris Phillips, beat Team Black, led by Alfredsson, 13-6.

“That’s three years in a row, but who’s counting,” said Phillips. “It was great coaching. I want to talk about myself. It was fun and we had a great turnout. Everybody enjoyed the show.”

bruce.garrioch@sunmedia.ca


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