OTTAWA The NHL All-Star Skills competitions have been announced, and theres obviously a strong Bruins contingent on Team Chara planned for the Saturday events at Scotiabank Place.
Zdeno Chara headlines it while vying for his fifth consecutive win in the Blackberry Hardest Shot Competition after setting a new record with a 105.9-mph slapper in Carolina last year, and Tyler Seguin will take part in the Canadian Tire Shooting Accuracy competition. Chara will take part in the G Series Skills Challenge Relay, and both Seguin and Tim Thomas will be in the Tim Hortons Elimination Shootout all to take place on Saturday.
Everything is going to be really good. Im sure guys will be trying to show some new tricks and new moves, said Chara, who along with Joffrey Lupul selected the players and what events theyll be taking part in. Im going to try to do my best like I do every year. Its going to be hard.
There are so many guys that shoot the puck hard. Its challenging. I like to be in that position. I would like to win it again, but if it doesnt happen then it doesnt happen.
Seguin was texting back and forth with Chara on Friday afternoon as the Bs captain constructed the skills competition roster, and he said that his event changed a couple of different times before Chara settled on him for the shooting accuracy. The Elimination Shootout is under a different set of rules than it was last year, but Seguin said he was really along for the ride after his captain strung him along this afternoon.
I texted Zee and asked him Do you know what Im doing? and he texted me back and said the hardest shot and then he said the fastest skater, said Seguin. Then he said forget it youre just going to do absolutely everything so I said okay.
The worst news about the skills competition: Thomas wont be taking part in the fastest skater competition in the goalie category after his entertaining tumble while circling behind the net last season.