2009 All-Star Skill Contest: A Memorable Evening at the Bell Centre

Francois GendronSenior Writer IJanuary 25, 2009

Yesterday's All-Star skill contest was a total success. The fans gathered at the Bell centre in Montreal to see the NHL's finest go into a little competition.

The night was entertaining from start to finish. A pinch of humor was delivered by Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals when he decided to disguise himself during the breakaway challenge. It was a refreshing breath that surprised and amused everyone.

Besides Ovechkin's sense of humor, a new record for the hardest slap shot was registered by last year's winner, Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins. His hardest shot was registered at a blazing 105.4 MPH.

Here is a resume of the different winners in the various events. Each winner's purse was donated to charity to an organism left to the choice of the players.

Fastest skater: Andrew Cogliano (Edmonton Oilers)
Trick shots: Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals)
Youth match: Rookies 9 - Sophomores 5
Accuracy shots: Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Hardest shot: Zdeno Chara (Boston Bruins)
Elimination Penalty shots: Shane Doan (Phoenix Coyotes)

(Picture: Alexander Ovechkin, Canadian Press.)