Last night the AHL All-Stars took on the Färjestad BK in part one of the AHL All-Star Classic event in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the skills competition. Just like the NHL All-Star games, the event kicks off with the All-Stars showing off their talent to the fans. Tonight the two teams will meet on the ice for an actual game, the puck will drop at 6:30 PM (EST). Click for more general information for the event, including a full roster.
The players competed in 7 different events, and to find a winner it went down to the wire. The AHL All-Stars skated away with a narrow victory in the competition, 18-17. The events were as follows: Puck Control Relay, Fastest Skater, Rapid Fire, Hardest Shot, Accuracy Shooting, Pass and Score, and the Breakaway Relay.
The highlights of the night were the hardest shot, accuracy shooting, and of course the final event, the breakaway relay. During the hardest shot event, Färjestad BK defenseman Magnus Nygren (MTL prospect, drafted in 2011) recorded a shot at 104.6 MPH to win the competition. Second best was Rochester Americans defenseman Brayden McNabb (BUF prospect, drafted 2009), he recorded a shot at 102.6 MPH.
There was a three way tie for the best shooter in the accuracy event, two AHL All-Stars and one Färjestad BK each hit the four targets in six shots - Ryan Strome of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI prospect, drafted 2011), Jason Jaffray of the St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg prospect, undrafted), and Magnus Nygren of Färjestad BK.
The competition was close moving into the final event, the breakaway relay. The relay had four separate rounds of shooters, but even that wasn’t enough for a winner to be determined, and the event went into a sudden death shootout. The hometown hero netted the final goal, Jason Jaffray scored as the third shooter in the sudden death round and won it for the AHL All-Stars.
For more information on the skills competition, including all result, visit TheAHL.com.