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Mark Marncari breaks "Hardest Shot" record at AHL All-Star Skills Competition

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Mark Marncari breaks "Hardest Shot" record at AHL All-Star Skills Competition

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Binghamton, N.Y. - Canadian forward Mark Mancari of the Rochester Americans shattered the American Hockey League record in the "Hardest Shot" event Sunday at the AHL All-Star Skills Competition.

The London, Ont., native - added as a replacement for Clarke MacArthur, who is on recall with the Buffalo Sabres - received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd with a blistering shot that registered 102.8 miles per hour on the radar gun.

"I had no idea I could get one that hard," Mancari said. "I'm in shock right now. I'm pretty excited." Mancari's stick is on its way to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The previous best was by Kurtis Foster of the Chicago Wolves. The Carp, Ont. native hit 101.0 m.p.h., in the 2003 Skills competition. Jonathan Ericsson of the Grand Rapids Griffins had the hardest shot for PlanetUSA at 100.1 m.p.h.

Keith Aucoin, captain of the PlanetUSA All-Stars, accepted the 2008 AHL All-Star Skills Competition trophy as his team took a 15-9 win over the Canadian All-Stars at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

Toby Petersen of the Iowa Stars helped PlanetUSA get off to a 3-0 lead. He recorded the fastest time in speedskating, completing a lap around the rink in 14.001 seconds.

PlanetUSA's Gabe Gauthier of the Manchester Monarchs had the most accurate shot, destroying all four targets in four shots. PlanetUSA's Rob Schremp of the Spingfield Falcons also hit four targets in six shots. The Canadian team had two four-target shooters, Teddy Purcell of the Manchester Monarchs and Martin St. Pierre of the Rockford Ice Hogs. Each player hit the targets in six shots.

Milwaukee Admirals goalie Pekka Rinne was the best goalie of the competition. The netminder from Kempele, Findland had 16 saves over three events.

Canadian goalie Drew MacIntyre of the Manitoba Moose stopped three shots in the "Skate, Pass and Score" event, as did PlanetUSA goalie Tuukka Rask of the Providence Bruins. PlanetUSA won the event, however, scoring four goals to the Canadian team's two.

The Canadian team made a strong showing in the night's final event, the "Breakaway Relay." Nolan Schaefer of the Houston Aeros shut out the PlanetUSA shooters while Denis Hamel, captain of the Canadian team and the host Binghamton Senators, sent the crowd home happy with a goal in the final attempt of the night, finding the back of the net against Rask to help the Canadian team win the event 4-2.

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Mark Marncari breaks "Hardest Shot" record at AHL All-Star Skills Competition