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Live Blog: Winnipeg Jets Skills Competition

The Jets put their skills to the test.

9:10 pm:  We spoke with Mathieu Perreault, Paul Postma and Ben Chiarot.  Listen here.

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

9:02 pm:  Jets announce that attendance is just over 10,000 fans.

8:45 pm:  After the Skills Competition ended the players came out and gave away autographed Jets gear.

Ladd gives away gear

Colby Spence

Photo Credit:  Colby Spence

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

8:37 pm:  Chris Thorburn is now the only undefeated member of the Jets in Skills Competition as he and Team Blue beat the only other previously undefeated player Bryan Little who was on Team White.

Team Blue wins

8:30 pm:  Skills competition comes to an end.  A Joel Armia goal wins it and seals a Team Blue comeback.

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

8:25 pm:  We head into the final contest with Team White leading Team Blue 11-6.

8:23 pm:  At every opportunity the players signed autographs for the fans.

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Photo Credit: Colby Spence

8:20 pm:  Final event of the evening.  Breakaway Competition.

8:15 pm:  In the end Ben Chairot is your back to back defending hardest shot champion.

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

8:10 pm:  Byfuglien failed to crack the 100 mph plateau.  But defending 2014 champion Ben Chiarot destroyed last year’s 103 mph hitting 107.7 mph on his third shot.

8:05 pm:  Setting up for the hardest shot competition.

7:59 pm:  Team Blue takes heat 2 in a close finish with Joel Armia edging out Paul Postma.

7:56 pm:  Team White wins heat 1 easily.  Scheifele blows a tire and Pardy tried a counterclockwise dangle.

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

7:50 pm:  Next we have the Jets Puck Relay Competition.  Two heats.

Heat 1:  Perreault/Burmistrov/Peluso (Team White) vs. Scheifele/Pardy/Lowry (Team Blue)
Heat 2: Postma/Ehlers/Copp (Team White) vs. Trouba/Armia/Chiarot. (Team Blue).

7:45 pm:  In the end my pre competition favourite Mathieu Perreault was your winner.

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

7:43 pm:  While Blake Wheeler cruised through the contest hitting four targets in 12.4 seconds but Mathieu Perreault got all four in 9.5 seconds.

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

7:33 pm:  Jets Accuracy Competition is up next.  While we wait for the targets to be put on the net the Jets players head to the side boards to sign more autographs.

7:30 pm:  Your winner is Paul Postma.  Defends his title from 2014.  This year he did it in 14.16.  Last year he was at 13.90.

7:20 pm:  Nikolaj Ehlers was my pre race favourite.

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

7:15 pm:  Fastest skating competition is up first.

7:10 pm:  Players are mixing with fans.  Signing autographs with the glass down.

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

7:00 pm:  The Jets get ready to take the ice at the MTS Centre.

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

6:15 pm:  In place beside Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press over on the North Side of the Press Box.  The south side was a lonely place to be.

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Note:  Dave will be at the MTS Centre covering tonight’s Skills Competition.  Stay tuned to illegalcurve.com and on social media including Twitter| Facebook | Instagram for plenty of pictures and videos from the MTS Centre.  I will be live blogging so be sure to bookmark this post and you can follow the action.

2:15 pm: A look at the two rosters.  Chris Thorburn and Bryan Little have been on the winning team for the three Skills competitions that the Jets have held.  Today however they are on opposite sides so just one will hold the title after this evening.

TEAM WHITETEAM BLUE
Dustin ByfuglienJacob Trouba
Tobias EnstromTyler Myers
Paul PostmaBen Chiarot
Mark StuartAdam Pardy
Bryan LittleBlake Wheeler
Andrew LaddMark Scheifele
Mathieu PerreaultDrew Stafford
Nikolaj EhlersChris Thorburn
Alexander BurmistrovAdam Lowry
Anthony PelusoJoel Armia
Andrew Copp
Michael HutchinsonConnor Hellebuyck

 

Past Skills Competition Results:

2014:

Fastest Skater – Paul Postma (13.90 seconds)
Accuracy – Andrew Ladd (4/5, 10.0 seconds)
Hardest Shot – Ben Chiarot (103.0mph)

2013:

Fastest Skater – Mark Scheifele (13.673 seconds)
Accuracy – Bryan Little (4/5, 12.0 seconds)
Hardest Shot – Anthony Peluso (103.9 mph)

2011:

Fastest Skater – Tim Stapleton & Evander Kane (14.06 seconds)
Accuracy – Kyle Wellwood (4/4, 9.38 seconds)
Hardest Shot – Dustin Byfuglien (104.0mph)

Another busy day for Jets, Moose and Ice news on https://illegalcurve.com/

Ensure you are up-to-date before we start all over again tomorrow morning.

The Winnipeg Ice have found their captain for the 2022-23 season and it will be Winnipegger Carson Lambos who just got back from Minnesota Wild camp.

The team also announced the rest of their leadership group.

https://illegalcurve.com/winnipeg-ice-name-winnipegger-carson-lambos-captain-and-confirm-leadership-group/

The Jets may be off but the Moose were not.

Following skate Jets 2021 1st rounder Chaz Lucius spoke as did Simon Kubicek.

https://illegalcurve.com/manitoba-moose-training-camp-day-4/

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