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December 20, 2014
by Michael Menser Dell, Editor-in-Chief
The Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills event and the YoungStars Game will be televised tonight on Versus. Coverage starts at 7:30PM EST. So, yeah, "Versus" must be like a network or something. Good luck finding it on your TV machines.
In preparation for the big show, here's a look at the two events, including past winners and things to watch for this year.
Powered by the magical mullet, Team Melrose prevailed, 13-7. Remember, the game is played four-on-four with a running clock and all penalties are penalty shots, so scoring isn't exactly hard. Ilya Kovalchuk was the MVP, ringing up seven goals. That's right, seven goals. Roberto Luongo stopped 37 shots for the win.
The game got a bit more serious in 2003, with the teams actually named for their conferences. The YoungStars East beat the West, 8-3. Washington's Brian Sutherby won MVP honors with two goals and an assist. Ryan Miller got the win in net.
2004 saw the YoungStars West earn their first victory, 7-3. Philippe Sauve stopped 18 of 21 shots to capture MVP honors. Jonathan Cheechoo was the offensive star, collecting four assists.
And that's about it. The YoungStars is always cool, but aside from Kovalchuk scoring like a chimp and Melrose cackling like a madman, there really haven't been many defining moments. This year could be different with Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Semin tearing it up for the East. Yes, sir, seeing Malkin and Semin on the ice together will be special. Can't wait. Semin's gonna be there, right?
Complete rosters and summaries for the first three YoungStars games are at the bottom of this here article. Tell your friends.
Puck Control Relay
INDIVIDUAL PUCK RELAY WINNERS
The West's chances of winning took a serious hit when Scott Niedermayer bailed out with a foot injury. But there's still plenty of speed in the likes of Patrick Marleau, Martin Havlat, and Andy McDonald. My money would probably be on Marleau. Although I've heard officials have a calendar handy if Yanic Perreault decides to race. Bill Guerin actually won the event in 2001, but his walker and pocketful of hard candy may slow him down.
INDIVIDUAL FASTEST SKATER WINNERS
2004 S. Niedermayer 13.783 seconds 2003 Marian Gaborik 13.713 seconds 2002 Sami Kapanen 14.039 seconds 2001 Bill Guerin 13.690 seconds 2000 Sami Kapanen 13.649 seconds 1999 Peter Bondra 14.640 seconds 1998 S. Niedermayer 13.560 seconds 1997 Peter Bondra 13.610 seconds 1996 Mike Gartner 13.386 seconds 1994 Sergei Fedorov 13.525 seconds 1993 Mike Gartner 13.510 seconds 1992 Sergei Fedorov 14.363 seconds
The West's hopes would seem to rest with Dion Phaneuf. But don't count out Brian Rolston. He can bring it. Just ask Roberto Luongo.
This is a tough call. But I'd probably lean towards Chara.
2004 Adrian Aucoin 102.2 mph 2003 Al MacInnis 98.9 mph 2002 Sergei Fedorov 101.5 mph 2001 Fredrik Modin 102.1 mph 2000 Al MacInnis 100.1 mph 1999 Al MacInnis 98.5 mph 1998 Al MacInnis 100.4 mph 1997 Al MacInnis 98.9 mph 1996 Dave Manson 98.0 mph 1994 Al Iafrate 102.7 mph 1993 Al Iafrate 105.2 mph 1992 Al MacInnis 93.0 mph 1991 Al MacInnis 94.0 mph 1990 Al Iafrate 96.0 mph
Bourque won the event an amazing eight times. But guess who's second? Good ol' JR Superstar. That's right, Roenick won it three times. In fact, he's the two-time defending champion. The threepeat could be tricky. It's gonna be tough seeing the targets from Phoenix.
Brendan Shanahan could be this year's top sniper. He won in 1994 and 1998.
INDIVIDUAL ACCURACY WINNERS
2004 Jeremy Roenick 4 hits, 4 shots 2003 Jeremy Roenick 4 hits, 6 shots 2002 Jarome Iginla 4 hits, 6 shots Markus Naslund 2001 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 6 shots 2000 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 5 shots Viktor Kozlov 1999 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 6 shots Jeremy Roenick Keith Tkachuk 1998 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 6 shots Peter Forsberg B. Shanahan 1997 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 7 shots 1996 Mark Messier 4 hits, 4 shots 1994 B. Shanahan 4 hits, 5 shots 1993 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 4 shots 1992 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 4 shots 1991 Mark Messier 4 hits, 6 shots 1990 Ray Bourque 4 hits, 7 shots
Sounds pretty cool, huh? Well, it should. I invented it!
That's right. Except I used to call it the "Pyramid of Doom." Back in the day, LCS used to have a coaching section with drills and whatnot to help young hockey players. I invented the drill while playing street hockey in my beloved hometown of Greensburg, PA. I think the city even hung a plaque to commemorate the achievement.
I put the drill online in 1998, six years before the NHL "thought" of it. Listen, I don't care if the NHL wants to steal from me, but why not steal all my ideas? I'm very bright. It's like they won't even consider cheerleading chimps. But check out the original LCS page for yourself...
Past highlights would include Teemu Selanne's one-legged, fake-shot, backhand move that's become a staple of every breakaway artist's arsenal and Doug Weight's formidable skate turn, hip pivot, backhand-forehand trickery. But nothing was better than watching Mario Lemieux swoop in and beat Ed Belfour in sudden death to win the whole shebang one year.
You know Ovechkin will have something special up his sleeve. And don't be surprised to see Crosby go for a spin-o-rama. Others to keep an eye on would be Havlat, Vincent Lecavalier, and Marian Hossa. They know how to make it fun. I'm just hoping Rolston tees up a slapper. That would be swell.
Team Melrose Coach: Barry Melrose No. Player P Team 13 Datsyuk, Pavel C Det 17 Hartnell, Scott RW Nsh 15 Heatley, Dany LW Atl 22 Huselius, Kristian RW Fla 17 Kovalchuk, Ilya RW Atl 11 Legwand, David C Nsh 1 Luongo, Roberto G Fla 23 Mara, Paul D Phx 28 Regehr, Robyn D Cgy 19 Richards, Brad C TB 45 Tanabe, David D Car 14 Williams, Justin RW Phi Team Fox Coach: Jim Fox No. Player P Team 31 Blackburn, Dan G NYR 44 Boynton, Nick D Bos 19 Calder, Kyle C Chi 89 Comrie, Mike C Edm 18 Connolly, Tim C Buf 7 Ference, Andrew D Pit 12 Fisher, Mike C Ott 10 Gaborik, Marian LW Min 10 Morrow, Brenden LW Dal 23 Rachunek, Karel D Ott 71 Ribeiro, Mike C Mtl First Period 1. Fox - Comrie (Ribeiro, Morrow) 1:37 2. Melrose - Heatley (Datsyuk) 4:19 3. Fox - Connolly (Comrie) 4:34 4. Fox - Comrie (unassisted) 4:46 5. Melrose - Kovalchuk (Tanabe) 5:13 6. Melrose - Kovalchuk (Richards, Hartnell) 5:37 7. Melrose - Kovalchuk (Tanabe) 10:24 8. Melrose - Richards (unassisted) 11:59 Penalties: None. Second Period 9. Melrose - Kovalchuk (Legwand, Williams) 0:22 10. Melrose - Legwand (Mara) 1:27 11. Melrose - Huselius (Richards, Datsyuk) 3:44 12. Fox - Calder (Fisher, Rachunek) 5:56 13. Melrose - Legwand (Mara, Heatley) 7:17 14. Melrose - Kovalchuk (unassisted) 10:42 15. Fox - Morrow (Ribeiro) 11:52 Penalties: Luongo (Melrose) (delay of game) 9:24. Third Period 16. Fox - Comrie (Ribeiro) 6:35 17. Melrose - Huselius (Legwand, Heatley) 7:47 18. Melrose - Kovalchuk (penalty shot) 9:48 19. Melrose - Kovalchuk (unassisted) 11:38 20. Fox - Ribeiro (Calder) 11:48 Penalties: None. Shots on Goal Melrose (29) 10 - 9 - 10 Fox (44) 18 - 13 - 13 Goaltenders Melrose - Luongo Fox - Blackburn
YoungStars East Coaches: (Ottawa) Roger Neilson, Perry Pearn, Don Jackson No. Player P Team 4 Bouwmeester, Jay D Fla 55 Brendl, Pavel RW Car 14 Hagman, Niklas LW Fla 81 Hossa, Marcel LW Mtl 30 Miller, Ryan G Buf 24 Pyatt, Taylor LW Buf 36 Seidenberg, Dennis D Phi 46 Sutherby, Brian C Wsh 16 Svitov, Alexander C TB 10 Tallinder, Henrik D Buf 24 Volchenkov, Anton D Ott 11 Weinhandl, Mattias RW NYI 9 Weiss, Stephen C Fla YoungStars West Coaches: (Vancouver) Jack McIlhargey, Mike Johnson No. Player P Team 1 Aebischer, David G Col 39 Arnason, Tyler C Chi 23 Chistov, Stanislav LW Ana 24 Frolov, Alexander LW LA 18 Hall, Adam RW Nsh 10 Horcoff, Shawn C Edm 5 Jackman, Barret D StL 39 Kapanen, Niko C Dal 44 Klesla, Rostislav D CBJ 4 Leopold, Jordan D Cgy 61 Nash, Rick LW CBJ 29 Radivojevic, Branko RW Phx 55 Schultz, Nick D Min 4 Vaananen, Ossi D Phx First Period 1. East - Brendl (Svitov, Hossa) 2:28 2. East - Volchenkov (Weinhandl,Weiss) 6:26 3. East - Weiss (unassisted) 7:06 4. East - Sutherby (Seidenberg, Hossa) 7:58 5. West - Hall (Nash, Schultz) 9:06 6. West - Nash (Arnason, Hall) 9:26 Penalties: None. Second Period 7. West - Nash (Radivojevic, Horcoff) 6:48 Penalties: None. Third Period 8. East - Weinhandl (unassisted) 2:40 9. East - Pyatt (Sutherby) 7:59 10. East - Sutherby (Bouwmeester, Seidenberg) 9:05 11. East - Brendl (unassisted) 9:45 Penalties: None. Shots on Goal East (29) 11 - 7 - 11 West (13) 3 - 5 - 5 Goaltenders East - Miller West - Aebischer
YoungStars East Coach: Tom Reid No. Player P Team 37 Bergeron, Patrice C Bos 7 Hunter, Trent RW NYI 12 Malone, Ryan LW Pit 7 Martin, Paul D NJ 44 Orpik, Brooks D Pit 44 Pitkanen, Joni D Phi 1 Raycroft, Andrew G Bos 9 Roy, Derek C Buf 73 Ryder, Michael RW Mtl 12 Staal, Eric C Car 14 Stajan, Matt C Tor YoungStars West Coach: Lou Nanne No. Player P Team 96 Bouchard, Pierre-Marc LW Min 14 Cheechoo, Jonathan RW Nsh 44 Ehrhoff, Christian D SJ 2 Hamhuis, Dan D Nsh 18 Lombardi, Matthew C Cgy 15 Lupul, Joffrey C Ana 15 Ruutu, Tuomo C Chi 30 Sauve, Philippe G Col 5 Semenov, Alexei D Edm 14 Torres, Raffi LW Edm 13 Zherdev, Nikolai RW CBJ First Period 1. East - Staal (Bergeron, Ryder) 5:24 2. West - Torres (Cheechoo) 6:45 3. West - Zherdev (Ruutu) 9:35 Penalties: None. Second Period 4. West - Ehrhoff (Zherdev) 1:35 5. East - Malone (Stajan, Martin) 2:23 6. West - Lupul (Cheechoo) 8:22 Penalties: None. Third Period 7. West - Lupul (Cheechoo) 2:05 8. West - Bouchard (unassisted) 4:31 9. West - Lupul (Cheechoo) 6:42 10. East - Stajan (Hunter) 8:52 Penalties: None. Shots on Goal East (21) 9 - 9 - 3 West (24) 8 - 6 - 10 Goaltenders East - Raycroft West - Sauve
MOST GOALS, ONE GAME
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MOST ASSISTS, ONE GAME
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