Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti set a new benchmark for speed in the Fastest Skater competition at the AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Monday night, completing a lap around the ice surface in 13.667 seconds.
In an on-ice interview following his record-setting skate, the New York Rangers 2006 first round draft pick jokingly attributed his success to Rangers coach John Tortorella’s grueling pre-season training camp — at which the sophomore blueliner struggled during on-ice endurance testing.
The New Jersey native didn’t fare as well in the Hardest Shot contest, where he failed to break the 90 miles per hour barrier, topping out at 89.7. Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Blair Jones won the competition with a 100.7 mile per hour blast.
After the event, Sanguinetti talked about his record-setting evening and his season in Hartford in a interview for AHL Live.
Hartford Wolf Pack leading scorer Corey Locke came away on the losing side in the second heat of the Puck Control Relay event, and then went four-for-seven in the Accuracy Shooting challenge. The Canadian All-Star also participated in the Breakaway Relay, failing to score on his only attempt. He talked to AHL Live about his fourth trip to the annual All-Star Classic and his first season in Hartford in the locker room before the evening’s events got underway.
Locke’s Canadian squad came away from the Skills Competition with bragging rights, besting the PlanetUSA All-Stars by a score to 18-12. For the full results, see the AHL All-Star Skills Competition Scorecard.
The All-Star Game takes place Tuesday night starting at 6:00pm and will be broadcast live on MSG and dozens of networks across North America. Check the 2010 AHL All-Star Classic Broadcast Schedule for broadcast information in your area.
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