MONTREAL - It wasn't your typical Sunday at the Bell Centre.
Over 15,000 fans packed the stands to watch the Canadiens Skills Competition presented by RONA.
One of those spectators kicked off the festivities by winning a $5,000 RONA gift card when he made a perfect shot from the blue line.
For their part, the players experienced some unforgettable moments with their families.
The event officially kicked off with the fastest skater competition.
Paul Byron didn't defend his title, though.
Forwards Dale Weise, Jonathan Drouin and Max Domi, along with defensemen Jeff Petry, Victor Mete and Brett Kulak were the six participants.
Domi claimed the title with a time of 13.472 seconds. The 21-year-old centerman finished just 0.078 seconds ahead of Petry.
Domi's victory didn't surprise forward Jake Evans.
"He flies on the ice. All of the guys had good skating times," said Evans, who played his second career NHL game on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Speaking of Evans, he put up a good fight against defending champion Tomas Tatar in the shooting accuracy competition.
But Tatar ultimately came out on top for a second straight year, hitting all four targets in a time of 10.822 seconds.
Tatar didn't hesitate to celebrate his triumph by playfully taunting Ilya Kovalchuk.
For his part, Kovalchuk struggled during the accuracy shooting event. He completed the task in 25.193 seconds.
Nick Suzuki believes the curve of the Russian sniper's stick had something to do with it.
"I think his curve isn't made for hitting targets like that. But his one-timer looked good," mentioned Suzuki.
With captain Shea Weber on the sidelines, Petry was the favorite to win the hardest shot competition.
Fellow rearguards Ben Chiarot and Xavier Ouellet set the bar high with blasts of 103.8 mph each.
But the 32-year-old veteran went last and secured the title with a 104.9 mph howitzer.
Alternate captain Brendan Gallagher won the puck handling and one-timer event, finishing it off in 17.905 seconds.
According to Suzuki, luck was on Gallagher's side.
"He was lucky. I think he had his eyes closed. I'm sure he'll let me hear about it," said Suzuki with a laugh.
Finally, Nick Cousins won the shootout.
The honorable mention goes to Chiarot for another Kovalchuk-style celebration.
The Canadiens definitely appreciated the incredible fan support all morning long.
"I wasn't surprised. It's a great event. It was incredible to see the fans come together to watch us," mentioned Suzuki. "We really appreciate it."
The Habs will be back in action on Monday night against the Arizona Coyotes at the Bell Centre.