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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

CHL Top Prospects Skills Competition Winners

Although the crowd at the Air Canada Center was disappointing, those in attendance were treating with a display of things to come in the near future in the NHL.

Here is a look at the competition and winners in each

Fastest Skater

Daniel Catenacci OHL 14.017 seconds
Tobias Reider OHL 14.068 seconds
Mark McNeill WHL 14.132 seconds
Ryan Murphy OHL 14.197 seconds
Shane McColgan WHL 15.729 seconds (after a slip and fall)
Dougie Hamilton OHL slipped and fell behind the net on his last turn

I thought i'd post all the results to show how close it really was and had McColgan and Hamilton not fallen, it would have been real close top to bottom. Less than 2/10ths of a second seperate Catenacci from Murphy. These are all fast skaters.

Hardest Shot

Myles Bell WHL 98.4 MPH and 97 MPH
David Musil WHL 94.2 MPH

Shotting Accuracy

Matt Puempel OHL 4 targets on 5 shots
Zach Phillips QMJHL 4 targets on 6 shots.

Breakaway Challenge

I'm not a big fan of this as a skills competition. It's more of an entertainment factor that anything and typically not things we would ever see in a game and very rarely, if ever in a shoot out. With that said, the entertainment was won by Thomas Jurco (QMJHL) who scored a 39 on his lacrosse style attempt while Ryan Nugent - Hopkins scored a 37.

Team Orr went on to beat Team Cherry 12-11 in a shootout in a 3 on 3 game to win for the second straight year.

The two teams will meet on Wednesday in the Home Hardware Top Prospects Game. It will be broadcast in Canada on Sprortsnet and in the USA on the NHL Network.

For some video on the Breakaway Challenge, check out Jerome's blog here

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