Showing their skills
Fans at the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts on March 7 got a little bit of professional action in their hometown. As a part of the town’s winter carnival celebrations, close to a dozen young hockey players from the region participated in a pro-like skills competition featuring hardest shot, fastest skater and a shootout. As an added bonus National Hockey League alumni Al Iafrate and David Shaw were on hand to participate and give pointers where they could. Iafrate knows a little bit about the skills competition, having won three hardest shot competitions in the early 1990s. He set a record in 1993 with a shot clocked at 105.2 miles per hour (over 169 kilometres per hour). That would stand for 16 years until Zdeno Chara broke the record in 2009. The Compass was there and captured these images of the action.
Ethan Crosbie looks to chip a puck over a sprawling Riley Petten in the shootout.
Tri Pen bantam AAA Ice coach Roger Akerman (centre) gets some pro tips
From left, Riley Petten, Ryan Petten and Cameron Simms pose for a selfie during the skills competition.
Ian Drover lines up a slapshot during the skills competition. Looking on is NHL three-time hardest shot champion Al Iafrate.
David Shaw looks to rip a puck in the hardest shot competition.
Ascension Collegiate captain Ryan Dawson shows off after hitting 136 kilometres per hour in the hardest shot competition.
Andrew Churchill catches some air in an attempt to cross the line first in his matchup with Christian Dawe.