Tonight's Winnipeg Jets Skills Competition presented by Recyle Everywhere will be broadcast LIVE right here on WinnipegJets.com or on the Jets app beginning at 6:00pm CT.
THE BIG BANG
Jets’ defenceman Ben Chariot was the winner of last year’s hardest shot competition when his hardest shot came in at 103.0 MPH. Chiarot became the third player to eclipse the 103 MPH mark in a Jets’ Skills Competition, following Dustin Byfuglien’s 104 and Anthony Peluso’s 103.9 blasts from in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Chariot will be participating in the contest again this year on Team Blue with teammates Tyler Myers, Chris Thorburn and Adam Pardy.
NEED FOR SPEED
Jets’ defenceman Paul Postma is the reigning champ of the Fastest Skater competition, and he’ll be back in this year’s contest to defend his title. Postma won with a time of 13.90 seconds last season and will be representing Team White. His competition on Team Blue will include the 2013 winner Mark Scheifele, who had a time of 13.673 seconds two years ago.
Last night Captain Andrew Ladd sniped a bar-down goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tonight, he’ll defend his title as the most accurate shooter on the Jets’ roster. In last year’s Skills Competition, Ladd hit all four targets on five shots in just 10 seconds. Ladd along with linemates Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little are known for their accurate shooting. Only 26 games into the season the Jets’ top line has a combined 26 goals.
WINNING IN WHITE
Team White holds a slight advantage over Team Blue, having won two of the three past Skills Competitions. Despite the rosters for Team White and Team Blue changing every year, three players have been constants on the winning team each year so far: Bryan Little, Chris Thorburn and former Jet Evander Kane. After today’s competition only one will remain undefeated as Thorburn and Little find themselves on opposite teams, Thorburn will be in blue tonight, and Little will be wearing his white jersey.
Fastest Skater - Tim Stapleton & Evander Kane (14.06 seconds)
Accuracy - Kyle Wellwood (4/4, 9.38 seconds)
Hardest Shot - Dustin Byfuglien (104.0mph)
Fastest Skater - Mark Scheifele (13.673 seconds)
Accuracy - Bryan Little (4/5, 12.0 seconds)
Hardest Shot - Anthony Peluso (103.9 mph)
Fastest Skater - Paul Postma (13.90 seconds)
Accuracy - Andrew Ladd (4/5, 10.0 seconds)
Hardest Shot - Ben Chiarot (103.0mph)