Orr beats Cherry 23-17 in NHL-CHL skills competition

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WINDSOR, Ont. - Hall of Fame defenceman Bobby Orr led his team of Canadian Hockey League prospects to a 23-17 win over hockey commentator Don Cherry's squad in the NHL/CHL Top Prospects skills competition Tuesday.

Alexander Burmistrov of the Barrie Colts, competing for Orr's team, won the fastest skater competition with a time of 14.260 seconds, while Cherry's team had the best average from all its skaters.

Cherry's team swept the hardest shot competition. Brock Beukeboom of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds had the hardest individual shot at 92.4 miles-per-hour, while his teammates also had the best average.

Quinton Howden of the Moose Jaw Warriors won the individual shooting accuracy competition, while his Orr teammates won the team event. Howden won in a tiebreaker with Orr teammate Stephen Shipley of the Owen Sound Attack and Cherry's Devante Smith-Pelly of the Mississauga St. Michael's Majors.

Orr's team swept the breakaway contest, with Jeff Skinner of the Kitchener Rangers taking individual honours.

Orr's team beat Cherry's team in the final event of the night, a 3-on-3 game, to clinch the overall victory in the competition.

The best individual score in each competition received a goal for their team, with another goal for the best team average from each event. The 3-on-3 game consisted of two 15-minute periods with all goals scored figuring into the overall tally.

Taylor Hall of the Windsor Spitfires, the number one ranked North American prospect, fellow Windsor player Cam Fowler, the third ranked North American prospect, both received the loudest cheers from the partisan crowd.

Forty of the CHL's top prospects eligible for the 2010 NHL draft took part in the event. The top prospects game is Wednesday.

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