Who says the Maple Leafs never win anything.
Team Blue, made up of half the Leafs squad, won the annual skills competition yesterday at the Air Canada Centre and the coveted Elvis Presley bust, beating Team White 12-11.
The event raised $85,000 for the Leafs Fund For Kids and the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Fund. The Leafs Skills competition has raised over $2.7 million over the years.
Defenceman Pavel Kubina, representing Team Blue, won two events -- the Hardest Shot Competition (103.8 miles per hour) and the shooting accuracy contest. He also recorded the second fastest shot on the afternoon (102.5). No other of the seven Leafs in the competition broke 100 mph.
Other highlights of the competition included the Puck Control Relay event, won by Team White of Boyd Devereaux, Ian White and Jaime Sifers. A kid named Pat Quinn led things off for Team White with a goal, prompting MC Joe Bowen to crack: "Pat Quinn doesn't look nearly as big as he did when he was behind the Leafs bench."
John Mitchell of Team Blue completed the fastest lap around the ice in just 13.848 seconds to win the fastest skater competition. Team Blue also took the overall event as Jason Blake, Dominic Moore and Mitchell registered the fastest average time of 14.03 seconds.
Blake of Team Blue won the judged shootout champion as voted by the celebrity judge panel consisting of Carlton the Bear, the tandem of injured defenceman Tomas Kaberle and Mike Van Ryn and three Marlies cheerleaders.
AROUND THE CREASe
Van Ryn will be out for at least 10 more days with a knee injury .... The Leafs will be calling up goalie Justin Pogge from the Marlies this week and he will see action in at least one game of the current home stand ... The Maple Leafs rank dead-last in the NHL in penalty kill with a kill percentage of 73.7%. The league leader, the Minnesota Wild, have a 87.1 kill percentage. In a related stat, the Leafs are also dead last in goals-against, at 3.54. Main starter Vesa Toskala had a 3.38 save percentage ... The Leafs are also dead-last in short-handed goals with one in 56 chances. The Philadelphia Flyers, meanwhile, have 13 in two fewer chances ... Blake is 14th in the NHL in total shots with 189 (he has 21 goals).
Rookie centre Mikhail Grabovski's recent scoring slump has seen him drop in the NHL rookie scoring stands. At one point, Grabovski was as high as second. Now the native of Belarus is sixth, with 13 goals and 15 assists in 52 games. Grabovski picked up an assist on Saturday night.