Shares

Super Saturday

The 2013-14 Canucks for Kids Fund SuperSkills, powered by Rogers, goes down Saturday at Rogers Arena and it’s safe to assume records will be broken.

For one, a record number of parents who promised their kids they could go to SuperSkills before knowing the Seattle Seahawks were playing in the NFC Divisional round at the exact same time, will be there. I will be amongst them. No checking texts, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Myspace or whatever else could spoil the game, which will be waiting on PVR at home – they won’t be updating the Seahawks score in-bowl either, I looked into it. Phew.

So sit back and enjoy an awesome Canucks skills challenge – where actual records will break.

Doors will open at 12:00 p.m. as the Canucks Alumni scrimmage gets underway featuring alumni including Orland Kurtenbach, Dave Babych and Kirk McLean. Fans are encouraged to come early to see their Canucks Alumni heroes skate at Rogers Arena before on-ice activities with the current Canucks begin at 1:00 p.m. Fans can also take part in the various concourse activities, including the opportunity to meet Canucks mascot Fin and many of his mascot friends.

For complete event details please go to www.canucks.com/skills

The event will be broadcast live on YouTube.com/Canucks and on Canucks.com beginning at 1 p.m. PST, with full highlights of the event available shortly after.

We’ll also cover the event through @VanCanucks, with great prizes to be won.

The Teams

Team White

#3 Kevin Bieksa, #6 Yannick Weber, #8 Chris Tanev, #15 Brad Richardson, #21 Zac Dalpe, #22 Daniel Sedin, #29 Tom Sestito, #32 Dale Weise, #36 Jannik Hansen, #31 Eddie Lack

Coach: Alex Burrows

Team Blue

#2 Dan Hamhuis, #5 Jason Garrison, #7 David Booth, #9 Zack Kassian, #17 Ryan Kesler, #25 Mike Santorelli, #26 Frankie Corrado, #33 Henrik Sedin, #42 Darren Archibald, #30 Joacim Eriksson

Coach: Roberto Luongo

Skill #1 – Accuracy Shooting

Kesler, Santorelli & Kassian / D. Sedin, Higgins, Dalpe

There will be a new accuracy champion, that much we know for sure. Maxim Lapierre hit 4-of-4 targets in 8.6 seconds last year and while the time may stand, the name will change. Alex Edler won the event in 2012, Alex Burrows in 2011, Mason Raymond was back-to-back champion in 2009 & 2010 and Daniel Sedin in 2008.

Derek Jory’s prediction: Mike Santorelli

Your prediction: Tweet it to @VanCanucks, using #SuperSkills

Skill #2 – Fastest Skater

Kassian, Booth & Archibald / Hansen, Weise & Dalpe

The Fastest Skater contest, aka the Mason Raymond Need for Speed Event, was won by Raymond from 2008-2011 with his fastest time clocking him in at 13.478. Keith Ballard eclipsed that two years ago at 13.440 and Dale Weise couldn’t beat the time, but he was the speediest Canucks player last year.

Derek Jory’s prediction: Zac Dalpe

Your prediction: Tweet it to @VanCanucks, using #SuperSkills

Skill #3 – Hardest Shot

Hamhuis & Garrison / Bieksa & Weber

Fact: The bigger they are, the harder they shoot the puck. Fact: That previous fact was fiction. After Alex Edler won this competition three straight years, Sami Salo held it down winning the next two. Newcomer Jason Garrison is the current title holder, but his 101.8 mph shot from 2013 doesn’t match Edler’s 103.0 from 2009.

Derek Jory’s prediction: Jannik Weber

Your prediction: Tweet it to @VanCanucks, using #SuperSkills

Skill Challenge #4 – Puck Control Relay

Hamhuis, Santorelli & Corrado / Higgins, Richardson & Sestito

Puck Control Replay - One-on-one challenge

Kassian / Tanev

Skill #5 – Power play

Round one

H. Sedin, Kassian, Santorelli & Hamhuis / D. Sedin, Sestito, Hansen & Bieksa

Round two

Kesler, Booth, Archibald & Corrado / Weise, Higgins, Richardson & Tanev

Skill #6 – Breakaway Replay

Santorelli, Hamhuis & Booth / Richardson, Weber & Weise

Archibald, Kassian & Garrison / D. Sedin, Tanev, Hansen

H. Sedin, Corrado & Kesler / Higgins, Bieksa & Sestito

Net proceeds of the event are going to the Canucks for Kids Fund and the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund. In 2013, this event raised more than $178,000 for the Canucks for Kids Fund and the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund.