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Ehlers, Perreault Big Winners at Jets Skills Competition

Photos by James Carey Lauder

Ehlers, Perreault Big Winners at Jets Skills Competition

The Winnipeg Jets held their eighth-annual team skills competition Monday night, featuring an 8-4 victory by Team White over Team Blue.

Over 10,000 fans attended the annual event at Bell MTS Place, highlighted by five events: the hardest shot competition, fastest skater, accuracy shooting, skills relay and breakaway relay.

Team White was comprised of Anthony Bitetto, Kyle Connor, Andrew Copp, Patrik Laine, Joona Luoto, Connor Hellebuyck, Neal Pionk, Tucker Poolman, Mark Scheifele and Michael Spacek. Team Blue was made up of Nikolaj Ehlers, Mathieu Perreault, Jack Roslovic, Logan Shaw, Josh Morrissey, David Gustafsson, Laurent Brossoit, Luca Sbisa, Dmitry Kulikov, and Adam Lowry. Blake Wheeler and Nathan Beaulieu did not participate in the event.

As per recent years, U18 AAA goaltenders Nikulas Jerris of the Winnipeg Bruins and Carson Cherepak of the Winnipeg Wild suited up in goal during the breakaway relay segment of the competition, for the sake of eliminating potential injury to starters Hellebuyck and Brossoit.

Nikolaj Ehlers won the faster skater competition, posting a new Jets record, finishing his hot lap with a time of 13.03 seconds – beating his prior record of 13.25 seconds. Kyle Connor, Jack Roslovic and Michael Spacek also participated in the event.

Mathieu Perreault went 4/4 on the styrofoam targets, while setting a new Jets record with a time of 8.7 seconds. Mark Scheifele, Josh Morrissey, Patrik Laine, Logan Shaw and Joona Luoto also participated in the accuracy shooting competition.

Luca Sbisa took the hardest shot honours after recording a clapper that peaked at 99.4 miles per hour. Josh Morrissey, Neal Pionk, Tucker Poolman, Dmitry Kulikov and Anthony Bitetto also put up numbers in the mid-high 90s.

Team White took both points in the two team relay events, posting times of 53.6 and 57.5 seconds, before picking up the majority of the points in the breakaway challenge to close out the annual skills competition and pick up the intersquad victory.

The Jets now travel to California for a three-game road trip against the San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings, scheduled for Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, respectively. Winnipeg will then return home for a Central Division matchup with the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, coaching hockey is his favourite pastime. Carter can be reached at [email protected]

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