Chara, Seguin in Hardest Shot Competition

Chara, Seguin in Hardest Shot Competition

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comRALEIGH, N.C. The roster have been set for the Toyota Superskills Challenge involving the NHL All-Stars at the RBC Center, and it appears both Zdeno Chara and Tyler Seguin will take part in the hardest shot competition.Eric Staal and his team captains sat down with NHL events coordinator Brendan Shanahan on Saturday afternoon, and came up with the rosters for the skills competitions set to take place tonight.Chara is the reigning champion with a slap shot of 105.4 miles per hour achieved on the Bell Centre ice in Montreal during the 2009 All-Star game, and is seen as the prohibitive favorite in the competition again this season. The 18-year-old Seguin will also compete for Team Staal along with Chara, and it should be interesting since Seguin isnt particularly renowned for a booming slapper.Chara will also take part in the Skills Challenge Relay, and both skaters will participate in the Elimination Shootout at the end of the skills competition. Tim Thomas will take part as one of the goalies involved, but yet again this season theres no real defining skill competition for the masked men.Here's a full rundown of the participants courtesy of NHL.com: Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater - Order determined on the iceTeam Staal
Michael Grabner New York Islanders
Mike Green Washington Capitals
Patrick Sharp Chicago Blackhawks
Ryan Kesler Vancouver Canucks
Marc Staal New York Rangers
Kris Letang Pittsburgh Penguins Team Lidstrom
Duncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks
Taylor Hall Edmonton Oilers
Matt Duchene Colorado Avalanche
Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning
Keith Yandle Phoenix CoyotesThe Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater, the first event of Honda NHL SuperSkills,
will consist of six preliminary races with two players skating at one time taking one lap of the ice; the players from each team with the fastest time for their team will then meet in one final match race. One of the races will be between two players skating backwards. To watch an EA Sports video on this skill, click here: http:bit.lyeEOay4BlackBerry NHL Breakaway ChallengeTeam Staal
P.K. Subban Montreal Canadiens
Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks
Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals

Team Lidstrom
Evgeny Dadonov Florida Panthers
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings
Henrik Sedin Vancouver CanucksThe fan favorite BlackBerry NHL Breakaway Challenge returns again this year, the event Alex Ovechkin has made his own by taking home the title each of the first two years. A test of the amount of creativity a player can insert into a breakaway, fans in-arena and watching on television in the U.S. and Canada will be able to vote for their favorite player by texting the number that corresponds to the player of their choice to 81812. Each skater will attempt four shots with no limits. Shooters can start their attempt from anywhere with full access to the offensive zone, including behind the net. NHL penalty shot rules do not apply. The shooter with the highest fan vote will score four points for his team, second place will score three points and third place will score one point.To watch an EA Sports video on this skill, click here.McDonald's NHL Accuracy Shooting - Order determined on the iceTeam Staal
Rick Nash Columbus Blue Jackets
Daniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks
Eric Staal Carolina Hurricanes
Logan Couture San Jose Sharks
Patrik Elias New Jersey Devils
Ryan Kesler Vancouver Canucks
Passer: Dan Boyle San Jose Sharks
Passer: Paul Stastny Colorado Avalanche Team Lidstrom
Brad Richards Dallas Stars
Phil Kessel Toronto Maple Leafs
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks
Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks
Martin Havlat Minnesota Wild
Derek Stepan New York Rangers
Passer: Nicklas Lidstrom Red Wings
Passer: Danny Briere Philadelphia FlyersFrom 25 feet in front of the net, shooters take aim at four foam targets attached to the inner side of the goalposts. The objective is to hit all of the targets in the fastest time. A total of eight points are available. The winner of each match scores one point. The players with the fastest time from each team will go head-to-head in the final round for the title of the NHL's most accurate shooter and two additional team points. To watch an EA Sports video on this skill, click here.G Series NHL Skills Challenge RelayTeam Staal
Group 1
Zdeno Chara Boston Bruins
Eric Staal Carolina Hurricanes
Daniel Sedin Vancouver Canucks
Erik Karlsson Ottawa Senators
Dan Boyle San Jose Sharks
Tyler Ennis Buffalo Sabres
Paul Stastny Colorado Avalanche
Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks Group 2
Kris Letang Pittsburgh Penguins
Mike Green Washington Capitals
Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers
Patrik Elias New Jersey Devils
Jamie McBain Carolina Hurricanes
David Backes St. Louis Blues
Marc Staal New York Rangers
Jeff Skinner Carolina Hurricanes Team Lidstrom
Group 1
Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit Red Wings
Brad Richards Dallas Stars
Loui Eriksson Dallas Stars
Oliver Ekman-Larsson Phoenix Coyotes
Henrik Sedin Vancouver Canucks
Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning
Matt Duchene Colorado Avalanche
Jonathan Toews Chicago BlackhawksGroup 2
Shea Weber Nashville Predators
Dustin Byfuglien Atlanta Thrashers
Phil Kessel Toronto Maple Leafs
Keith Yandle Phoenix Coyotes
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks
Martin Havlat Minnesota Wild
Kevin Shattenkirk Colorado Avalanche
Danny Briere Philadelphia FlyersThis new event for 2011 is an all-around competition that will showcase the one-timer, passing, puck control, stick-handling and accuracy shooting in four exciting relays. In the one-timer event, three shooters (with the assistance of one passer) must score three goals over an eight inch barrier; in the passing event, one passer must complete a pass into each of the six nets set up around the rink; in the puck control event, one skater will skate through a series of cones while keeping possession of the puck; in the stick handling event, one skater will control the puck through a series of obstacles; and in the accuracy shooting event, one player will take aim at four targets. Each skill must be completed before moving on to the next skill in this timed relay event worth a total of eight points. The group with the fastest time will score four points, second place will score three points and third place will score one point.To watch an EA Sports video on this skill, click here.XM NHL Hardest Shot - Order determined on the iceTeam Staal
Zdeno Chara Boston Bruins
Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals
David Backes St. Louis Blues
Tyler Seguin Boston Bruins
Rick Nash Columbus Blue Jackets
Patrick Sharp Chicago Blackhawks Team Lidstrom
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning
Dustin Byfuglien Atlanta Thrashers
Brent Burns - Minnesota Wild
Shea Weber Nashville Predators
Cam Fowler Anaheim DucksBruins blueliner Zdeno Chara not only won his third consecutive XM NHL Hardest Shot competition in 2009, but his blast of 105.4 miles an hour broke the all-time record previously held by Al Iafrate and set in 1993. The event returns this year with six head-to-head matches. Two players will square off in each round, valued at one point each. The highest recorded shot (by radar in mph) will earn one point for his team. The players from each team with the hardest single shot will meet in a final match, with two points scored to the winner, to determine the NHL's hardest shooter.To watch an EA Sports video on this skill, click here.Discover NHL Elimination ShootoutThe battle between Team Staal and Team Lidstrom will be ultimately decided as all of the All-Stars and Rookies compete in the Discover NHL Elimination Shootout, a time-honored game of hockey survivor. Shooters who score will move on to the next round in the shootout, with the All-Star goalies rotating after every third shooter. Rounds of the shootout will continue until only one player scores and the other(s) don't; the last scoring shooter wins. Every goal scored will count as one point for his team.

Bruins coaches: Czarnik a ‘Belichick-type hockey player’

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Bruins coaches: Czarnik a ‘Belichick-type hockey player’

BOSTON – Austin Czarnik is off to a good start at Bruins training camp.

He’s got points in each of the first two exhibition games and just the fact that he’s cracked the B’s lineup in both games tells you that the coaching staff wants to get a long, good look at the undersized forward.

But the 5-foot-9, 167-pound Czarnik brings more than simply a touch of the Napoleon complex after always being told that he was too small to make it to the elite levels of hockey. The 23-year-old clearly can score after posting 20 goals and 61 points in his first pro season in the AHL in Providence last season. He plays with heart, energy and a dogged determination when he’s hunting pucks on the fore-check.

But former P-Bruins head coach and current B’s assistant coach Bruce Cassidy says that Czarnik also brings something a little extra that New England Patriots fans will certainly appreciate.

“As far as being a player goes, he would be, to me, that [Bill] Belichick-type player that you could use in a lot of different situations,” said Cassidy, in clear reference to intelligent utility guys Troy Brown, Danny Woodhead, Julian Edelman and others that all filled different roles in their time with New England.

“He’s got a very, very high IQ, he’s a quick learner and very coachable,” Cassidy said. “So, he’s a guy you can move around, and he can play with different players. He can play on the penalty kill, he’s good on the power play and especially on the point.

“So there are a lot of different things. I think from night-to-night if you wanted to, you could move him around in your lineup and he could be effective for you. I know he’s a center, but it would be interesting to see if he could play the wing and be effective. That’s something we haven’t really seen. Is that something we maybe attempt down the road? I don’t know. I don’t want to speak out of turn, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he could handle it. He even played for us 6-on-5 as a defenseman with the goalie out. He’s just a smart player, and he understands the game very, very well.”

So, Czarnik is off to a good start in training camp with the Bruins, but we also saw the same thing from him last year as a rookie to pro hockey. 

Now, it’s about seeing whether a smaller player can finish strong as the competition heightens deeper into the preseason, and perhaps he can bring that versatility and feistiness to the NHL level in Boston. 

 

 

Thursday, Sept. 29: Oilers right where they belong

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Thursday, Sept. 29: Oilers right where they belong

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while looking forward to watching the Luke Cage Netflix series.

*The Cult of Hockey has no issues with yours truly ranking the Edmonton Oilers 29th out of 30 teams in my first preseason NHL power rankings.

*An interesting piece about Brian McGrattan and his battle with alcohol in his career as an NHL tough guy. I can honestly say having covered him a bit when he was in the Bruins organization that he was one of the scariest dudes I’ve ever talked to in an NHL dressing room. A nice guy, but very intense and always looked like he definitely enjoyed his work on the ice.

*Dennis Seidenberg hopped on with the Hockey Central crew today to talk about his new contract with the New York Islanders.

*PHT writer and Friend of Haggs (FOH) Mike Halford has Guy Boucher with some serious Dion Phaneuf love going on in Ottawa.

*Jack Eichel is oozing confidence and swagger in his second NHL season with Buffalo looking to make a big step up this season.

*Scott Burnside said that the World Cup of Hockey could be coming to an end tonight and I think most predict that it will with a little bit of an anticlimactic thud due to the sheer awesomeness of Team Canada.

*For something completely different: “Aleppo Moment” sounds like a great name for a rock band. Not so much for a Presidential candidate.