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Live Blog: Winnipeg Jets Skills Competition

The Jets put their skills to the test.

Another solid Jets Skills Competition.  Be sure to check out all the photos on our @illegalcurve Instagram account.

Brendan Lemieux

Nic Petan

Ben Chiarot

8:50 pm:  Mike and I spoke with Ben Chiarot, Nic Petan and Brendan Lemieux about the Skills Competition.

Nikolaj Ehlers signs autographs

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

8:46 pm:  All the players come back on the ice to hand out autographed hats to fans and to sign more autographs.

8:43 pm:  Patrik Laine hoisting the trophy over his head as his Team Blue wins it all. Jets fans hoping it won’t be only trophy he hoists at centre ice.

8:38 pm:  Team Blues wins it 30-20.

8:30 pm:  Breakaway competition is the last one of the night.

8:20 pm:  Team Blue is up 20-10.

8:17 pm:  Byfuglien vs Chiarot then did a wrist shot competition.  33 won 81 to 78.

Dustin Byfuglien slap shot

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

8:15 pm:  Dustin Byfuglien shots: 98.3, 91.5, 94.7

8:12 pm:  Ben Chiarot shots:  93.3, (machine stopped working)

8:10 pm:  Josh Morrissey shots:  94.4, 93.8, 94.7.

8:09 pm: Tyler Myers shots:  89.7, 95.6, 94.0.

8:08 pm:  Tucker Poolman shots:  89.7, 95.0, 97.7.

8:07 pm:  Dmitry Kulikov shots:  91.5, 85.3, 89.3.

Joel Armia signs autographs during break in play

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

8:04 pm: 11,935 is the official crowd count for the Jets Skills Competition. Considering this is the second event of nine straight days of Jets/Moose events.

8:01 pm:  Hardest shot is up next.

8:00 pm:  Team Blues gets the win (again) and they are up 20-5.

7:58 pm:  Team Blue – Connor, Dano, Petan and Comrie completed it in 1:19 (again).

7:57 pm:  Team White – Ehlers, Perreault, Little and Hellebuyck completed it in 1:26.

7:56 pm:  Second round of Puck control relay.

7:54 pm:  Team Blue up 10-5 over Team White.

Scheifele going through pylons

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

7:53 pm:  Team Blue – Laine, Copp, Scheifele and Comrie completed it in 1:19.

7:51 pm:  Team White – Armia, Roslovic, Wheeler and Hellebuyck completed it in 1:20

7:45 pm: Up next is Puck control relay.

7:40 pm: The score is tied 5-5 between Team White and Team Blue.

7:35 pm:  Jets captain Blake Wheeler goes 4/4 in 8.4 seconds which matches the same total set by Patrik Laine last season.  Mark Scheifele, Kyle Connor, Mathieu Perreault, Bryan Little and Patrik Laine all failed to match the total set by the captain.

7:30 pm: Up next is Accuracy.

7:24 pm: Brendan Lemieux was the winner with 13.45. That was unexpected which was pretty much his sentiment to Dennis following the competition.

7:20 pm:  Roslovic (13.79), Lemieux (13.45), Ehlers (16.19), Connor (13.79).

7:17 pm:  Fastest skater is the first event to get underway.

7:00 pm:  Getting underway with player intros.

Jets skills 1

Photo Credit: Colby Spence

6:46 pm:  First time we won’t see Chris Thorburn at the event.  He had been on the winning team the previous five times it has been held.

6:34 pm:  Best sign so far: “Laine I will be your Valentine if you shave your beard.”

Skeleton media crew consisting of Mike Sawatsky of the Winnipeg Free Press, Mitchell Clinton of the Jets and I up in the press box tonight.

Note: Dave will be at the MTS Centre covering tonight’s Skills Competition. Stay tuned to 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.

Past Skills Competition Results:


Fastest Skater – Nikolaj Ehlers (13.29 seconds)
Accuracy – Patrik Laine (4/4, 8.4 seconds)
Hardest Shot – Dustin Byfuglien (101.3 mph)


Fastest Skater – Paul Postma (14.16 seconds)
Accuracy – Mathieu Perreault (4/4, 9.5 seconds)
Hardest Shot – Ben Chiarot (107.7 mph)


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


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


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