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Team White defeats Team Blue 25-11 at the Winnipeg Jets Skills Competition Presented by Home Depot

Byfuglien wins Hardest Shot, Kane and Stapleton tie for the Fastest Skater.

Tuesday, 15.11.2011 / 2:43 PM / Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation
By Kristi Hennessy  - Coordinator, Web Content
The MTS Centre filled with hundreds of fans of all ages to cheer on their favourite Jets and watch them battle each other in five different categories at The 2011 Winnipeg Jets Skills Competition powered by Home Depot.

The following five events were featured:  Puck Control Relay, Fastest Skater, Hardest Shot, Accuracy Shooting and Breakaway competition.

VIDEO: Mark Stuart
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Team Blue:
Dustin Byfuglien, Johnny Oduya, Kenndal McArdle, Andrew Ladd, Alex Burmistrov, Tanner Glass, Blake Wheeler, Nik Antropov, Jason Jaffray, Chris Mason.

Team White:
Zach Bogosian, Mark Stuart, Evander Kane, Tim Stapleton, Jim Slater, Bryan Little, Kyle Wellwood, Mark Flood, Chris Thorburn, Arturs Kulda, Eric Fehr and Ondrej Pavelec.

SKILLS COMPETITION RECAP:



Break-Away

Team Blue: Dustin Byfuglien, Johnny Oduya, Kenndal McArdle, Andrew Ladd, Alex Burmistrov, Tanner Glass, Blake Wheeler, Nik Antropov, Jason Jaffray, Chris Mason
Team White: Mark Stuart, Evander Kane, Tim Stapleton, Bryan Little, Kyle Wellwood, Mark Flood, Chris Thorburn, Arturs Kulda, Eric Fehr, Ondrej Pavelec

  • Alexander Burmistrov scored first for team Blue. Chris Thorburn tied things up for team White as he snuck one through Chris Mason's legs.
  • Jason Jaffray and Nik Antropov scored for the Blue team and Arturs Kulda and Eric Fehr for the White which took us to extra shooters.
  • It took 14 extra shooters to decide which team would take the first challenge and gain the extra 5 points as Fehr and Thorburn scored for the White team and Burmistrov and Wheeler for the Blue.
  • Bryan Little finished things off giving White the extra points.
  • SCORE: White: 11 Blue: 5



Fastest Skater


Team Blue: Johnny Oduya, Kenndal McArdle, Andrew Ladd, Alex Burmistrov
Team White: Evander Kane, Tim Stapleton, Bryan Little, Chris Thorburn
  • Evander Kane and Tim Stapleton, both on team White, both rolled in at 14:06 seconds while Johnny Oduya came closest for team Blue at 14:24 and Alex Burmistrov was right behind him with 14:27. 
  • Team White- the winners of the fastest skater challenge.
 



Shooting Accuracy

Team Blue: Blake Wheeler, Nik Antropov, Dustin Byfuglien
Team White:
Tim Stapleton, Kyle Wellwood, Chris Thorburn
  • Kyle Wellwood stepped up first for team White and knocked down all four targets in his first four shots in 9.38 seconds.
  • The closest Jet to hit all four targets was Tim Stapleton, also for team White, in 10.56 seconds.
  • Nik Antropov hit his targets in 13.69 for team Blue and Blake Wheeler hit his in 13.97.
  • White team wins their third challenge in a row and led 21-5 after the accuracy competition.


Puck Relay

HEAT 1:

Team Blue:
Johnny Oduya, Kenndal McArdle, Andrew Ladd 
Team White:
Tim Stapleton, Kyle Wellwood, Mark Stuart
  • Things started off close but with Kenndal McArdle fumbling around one of his last pylons, Mark Stuart took the first race in the first heat for team White and that little slip up in the first of three races allowed White to secure the win in the first heat.

HEAT 2:

Team Blue: Nik Antropov, Jason Jaffray, Tanner Glass
Team White: Evander Kane, Mark Flood, Chris Thorburn
  • Bryan Little and Jason Jaffray went neck to neck around every pylon came across the line at pretty much the exact same time in the first race of the second heat.
  • Nik Antropv and Mark Flood were equally as close but Antro took that round as his long legs put him past Flood for team Blue.
  • Dustin Byfuglien also beat Chris Thornburn to give the Blue team the win in heat two.

HEAD TO HEAD:

Team Blue: Alex Burmistrov
Team White: Bryan Little
  • Evander Kane and Alexander Burmistrov were turn for turn around their cones for the head to head with three points on the line.
  • With Kane showing that he was one of the fastest skaters, was able to show it again as he slid over the finish line a second sooner than Burmistrov giving team White the victory.
  • SCORE: WHITE 4 BLUE 1


Hardest Shot

Team Blue:
Blake Wheeler, Nik Antropov, Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd
Team White:
Evander Kane, Mark Flood, Tim Stapleton, Eric Fehr

  • Tim Stapleton surprised himself as he sent his first shot into the net going 96-miles an hour to set the tone for team White. He followed that up with a 94 and a 92.
  • It came down to Chris Thorburn for team White and Dustin Byfuglien for team Blue. Thorburn's best shot measured in at 98 miles per hour but couldn't beat the sniper hands of Byfuglien who shot 103, 101 and finally a 104 to top it off and win it for team Blue...their first challenge win of the night.
  • SCORE: WHITE 5 BLUE 0
  • FINAL SCORE: WHITE 25 BLUE 11
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