For this week’s NHL Archive, instead of a game, here’s a brief flashback of the 2004 Skills Competition. Above is a video, below are some GIFs.
Since the net-cam was introduced in the National Hockey League, we’ve seen some very unique perspectives of hockey games. Whether it’s a close-up of Evgeni Malkin showing his anger towards the officiating, or Ron Hainsey crashing into your living room trying to save a goal; it’s been an awesome addition.
Here’s the first of a series of GIFs from the ’04 NHL Super Skills Competition. On his eight attempts in the Accuracy Challenge, former Toronto Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin may have hit four targets, but he also destroyed an expensive camera on one of his shots. This is probably one of the earlier net-cam clips I’ve seen.
Another clip from the Accuracy Challenge, where Jeremy Roenick becomes just the third player in NHL history to go 100% in the event: Mark Messier also achieved a perfect shooting percentage once (1996), while Raymond Bourque reached the special feat twice (1992, 1993). JR is also the last player to have gone four for four.
Up next is a vintage style save by Martin Brodeur, stacking the pads and robbing Shane Doan with the glove. Doan was probably one of the only players in the entire competition still on the same team (Phoenix) until this day (ten years later). In fact, the Coyotes forward is the longest serving current captain in the NHL.
Former Atlanta Thrashers winger Ilya Kovalchuk picking up speed while circling the net in the Fastest Skater Competition. Today, the Thrashers are no longer an NHL team (they were relocated), nor is Ilya Kovalchuk an NHL player (he went to the KHL).
Now here’s probably the best goal of the entire competition. Kimmo Timonen undresses goaltender Jose Theodore on his attempt in the Elimination Shootout.
Unfortunately, Kimmo’s career may be in jeopardy now due to blood clots. However, he will easily go down to be one of the best Finnish defenseman to ever play in the NHL.