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KAPANEN WINS FASTEST SKATER EVENT

by Staff Writer / Carolina Hurricanes

World All-Stars Come Away With Slim Victory

TORONTO (Feb. 5, 2000) - The World All-Star Team won the FedEx SuperSkills contest for the third consecutive time on Saturday night with a 13-11 victory over the North America All-Star Team.

Sami Kapanen starred by skating around the rink in 13.649 seconds. The Carolina winger said he just went out to skate as hard as he could.

"I didn't think much about winning my event beforehand," Kapanen said. "After the first skaters, I don't think anyone had broken the 14-second mark, so I thought I might have a chance."

The highlight of the evening was defenseman Al MacInnis' 100.1 mile-per-hour shot that won his sixth-career Hardest Shot competition. The St. Louis defenseman attributed his continued success in the event to keeping the puck low and using his trusty wooden stick.

"Keeping the puck on the ice is the definitely the key to getting the best reading," MacInnis said. "And I still use a wooden stick. I'm just an old dog, I guess, and I feel comfortable with it. It lets me feel the puck a litte more and it's been good to me all these years, so I'm not going to change it."

Boston defenseman Ray Bourque won a share of the Shooting Accuracy competition for the third straight year by hitting all four targets in five shots. Bourque, who tied Florida's Viktor Kozlov in the event, led the event for the sixth time in his career with a combined 28-for-39 shooting performance.

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