Show­ing their skills

The Compass - - SPORTS -

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.

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