By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
Mark Scheifele is the new Winnipeg Jets’ fastest skater and Anthony Peluso earned the crown of the hardest shooter on Wednesday night at the MTS Centre.
Event No .1 – Fastest Skater
Back in 2011, Evander Kane and Tim Stapleton shared the spoils of being named fastest skater on the Winnipeg Jets with a time of 14.06 seconds. With gone, Kane looked to take sole possession of the title but it wasn’t to be. Mark Scheifele, enjoying a rich vein of form on the ice, captured his first Fastest Skater honour with a time of 13.67 seconds.
Event No. 2 – Accuracy Shooting
Former Jet, Kyle Wellwood, was the only player to hit four-out-of-four targets in just 9.38 seconds in the inaugural event. This year, a new champion was crowned as Bryan Little hit all four targets in 12 seconds on some slick passing by Evander Kane and Chris Thorburn.
Event No. 3 – Puck Control Relay
In the first heat of the night, the team of Evander Kane, Michael Frolik and Mark Scheifele bested Blake Wheeler, Olli Jokinen Setoguchi, with the latter being beat in the final run by Kane.
In the second heat, Andrew Ladd casually skated into the path of Anthony Peluso, allowing for Team Blue, by way of Grant Clitsome, to gain their first point of the night.
In the head-to-head event, Bryan Little made quick work of Andrew Ladd, getting back at his teammate for the interference on the previous heat. Fans sided with Little when it was put to a vote but Little gave up the points because of the lopsided score.
Event No. 4 – Hardest Shot
Dustin Byfuglien was not only the only player to hit a clapper over 100 mph back in 2011, he was also the only Jet to do it on all three shot attempts. In one of the more surprising events of the night, Anthony Peluso stole Dustin Byfuglien’s crown as the hardest shooter on the Winnipeg Jets with a 103.9 mph blast. Byfuglien could only muster an 100.5 mph shot. Peluso secured the five points for Team White.
Event No. 5 – Breakaway Competition
In the most thrilling event of the night, fans got to enjoy fun shootout between Team White and Team Blue.
Evander Kane had the goal of the night on his attempt, a juggling act in which he lobbed his last hop off the stick over a helpless Montoya. Incredible goal, really.
Team White – 31 — Team Blue – 14