|Little did anyone know that when Colin Greening was introduced prior to the Sens Skills presented by Metro competition, they'd soon see him as the new king of the faster skater event with a record time of 13.665 seconds for the event (Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/OSHC). |
On a day devoted to a duel between red and white, a green rookie made the biggest noise of them all.
Say hello to Colin Greening
, the newest master of the Sens Skills presented by Metro competition.
The 24-year-old rookie forward from St. John's pulled the stunner of the day when he won the Recharge with Milk fastest skater event with a record time of 13.665 seconds.
Later on, Greening seemed to have the Home Hardware hardest shot competition won as well with a top blast of 100.5 mph before Matt Carkner
unleashed a 101.1 mph bullet on the final attempt of the event.
Even without the double win, Greening was the talk of the event, which attracted a Family Day crowd of 14,216 to Scotiabank Place. Especially after his startling fastest skater triumph over formidable competition supplied by defenceman Erik Karlsson
(13.700 seconds) and defending champion Ryan Shannon (13.761).
"Gee, that's pretty quick," Carkner said afterward when asked about Greening's speed. "You never know until you get into these competitions. I think he just had a perfect run. He had a great route and turned the corners real well."
Greening, a Cornell grad who posted a 3.99 grade point average (out of 4.00) in his senior year, offered a somewhat scientific analysis of his record lap around the ice.
"In the turns, it's probably making sure you don't lose any speed," he said. "Whenever I skate, I focus on my stride and maintaining my speed."
Still, he was as startled as anyone with the final result against some swift competition.
"I thought Erik was going to get that for sure," said Greening. "When I saw that (time), I thought 'don't get too embarrassed.' So when I saw the (time) I had, I was really surprised."
Greening had the same reaction to his hardest shot effort.
"I didn't even think I was going to get into the high 90s, let alone 100 (mph)," he said. "But Carks is pretty strong, so he ended up beating me in the end."
As it turned out, it was quite the day for the kids, with Erik Condra
topping the Sens Foundation accuracy shooting event, while Bobby Butler
took the Metro Breakway Shootout. The shifty Shannon was the winner of the Ottawa Citizen puck control relay.
"I'm sure they had fun with it," Carkner said about the young talent taking part in their first Sens Skills event. "It's a loose, fun thing and it's good to mix that in (to our season). Things haven't been particularly going our way here at the rink, but to have a fun day for the families and the fans is a fun thing."
Despite Greening's efforts for captain Daniel Alfredsson
's Team White, it was Chris Phillips
and Team Red defending their crown with a 22-16 victory. The victorious team also included Butler, Carkner, Condra, Karlsson, Sergei Gonchar
, Filip Kuba
, Milan Michalek
, Chris Neil
, Zack Smith
, Jesse Winchester
, goaltender Robin Lehner
and minor hockey players Patrick Dagenais, Liam Dinner, Joshua Figuerelo, Nordy Ngo, Brandt Clarke and JT Fortin.
Charity was also a big winner on this day. On behalf of Metro and the National Hockey League, the Sens Foundation and the NHL Players Association's Goals and Dream Fund made a donation of $75,000 to Roger's House and the Daron Fund at the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, as well as assistance with building outdoor rinks in the community.