WINNIPEG - It's a date circled on the calendar for many fans and their families, as the players took to the ice in the annual Winnipeg Jets Skills Competition presented by Manitoba Hydro. A total of 10,072 fans took in the event and along with the giveaways and chances to see the players up close with the glass removed, here are the results they witnessed.
Nikolaj Ehlers was the two-time defending champion going into the event and set a new team record to earn a third straight title.
His time of 13.03 seconds beat out Team Blue teammate Jack Roslovic (13.81), as well as challengers from Team White Kyle Connor (13.49) and Michael Spacek (13.59).
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Speaking of records, another one was set in the Accuracy Shooting event.
Mathieu Perreault - who won the event in 2015-16 - hit four targets in four shots this year in 7.8 seconds. That broke the previous record held by Patrik Laine in 2017-18.
That new team record held up, beating the times of Logan Shaw (11.9 seconds), Mark Scheifele (12.8 seconds), Laine (13.8 seconds), Joona Luoto (16 seconds), and Josh Morrissey (18.4 seconds).
Perreault's mark is just half a second off the record at the NHL Skills Competition of 7.3 seconds.
With wins in the first two events, Team Blue was up 2-0.
Video: SKILLS | Accuracy Shooting
Team White rallied back in the Skills Relay by winning both heats and posting the fastest overall time.
First, the group of Andrew Copp, Joona Luoto, Neal Pionk, and Connor Hellebuyck completed the course in 53.6 seconds (which also held up as the fastest time overall), to beat the Team Blue squad of Nikolaj Ehlers, David Gustafsson, Jack Roslovic, and Laurent Brossoit (66.5 seconds).
In the second heat, Team White's quartet of Kyle Connor, Mark Scheifele, Michael Spacek, and Connor Hellebuyck's time of 57.3 seconds bested the group of Adam Lowry, Carl Dahlstrom, Dmitry Kulikov, and Laurent Brossoit's time of 67 seconds.
That earned Team White a 3-2 lead heading into the next event.
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Team Blue pulled it back even in the Hardest Shot event, with Luca Sbisa hammering a 99.4 mile-per-hour blast to win the event for his team.
Tucker Poolman of Team White finished in second with a rocket of 97.9, while Dmitry Kulikov took third spot with a shot of 96.2.
Other players participating included Anthony Bitetto (95.7), Josh Morrissey (94.2), and Neal Pionk (93.4).
Now tied 3-3, the two teams prepared for the final event.
Video: SKILLS | Hardest Shot
In the final event of the evening, Team White was able to pull away with four goals in the breakaway event scoring four times on 11 shots. The goals came off the sticks of Kyle Connor, Patrik Laine, Andrew Copp, and Joona Luoto.
At the other end of the ice, Mathieu Perreault was the only player to score on the team's 11 attempts.
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After five events, Team White earned an 8-4 win over Team Blue.