You have the NHL lockout to thank for the cancellation of the annual All-Star Skills Competition, but we found a skills challenge right in our own back yard.
The CPIHL is a collection of our area's best talent on ice. Sunday night players were broken down into York, Lancaster, and Harrisburg regions for a skills challenge. Included in the competition, fastest skaters, breakaways, and hardest shot.
In college skills competitions the average snapshot exceeds 80 miles per hour. At this level, these hockey players are not far from that.
Red Land senior Gage Canton, was best in the York Region, his fastest shot came in at 71 miles per hour.
"It's all about form I think because there's plenty of smaller guys who have shots way harder than any big guy I know."
Gage must not know of Wilson's Darian Weidenhammer. Darian's best shot exceeded 77 miles per hour.
"I play football so that strength from football helps."
No one was able to even touch Kennard Dale's Alex Prego in goal on the breakaway challenge.
"You can never read what the shooter is going to do you just have to guess sometimes."
Prego guess right a lot. He was perfect, allowing zero goals against York County's best scorers.
Measuring up against the area's top players, and gaining confidence moving forward.
Confidence to succeed in college, and possibly the professional ranks.