NHL Archive: Highlights from the 2004 Skills Competition

For this week’s NHL Archive, we’re taking a break from games to enjoy some highlights from the 2004 NHL Skills Competition. Above, you’ll find a video, and below, some memorable GIFs from the event.

These light-hearted 2004 NHL Skills Competition Highlights remind us of the skill and entertainment that make hockey such a fun sport.

Mats Sundin Breaks the Net Cam

Here’s the first in 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 with one of his shots. This is probably one of the earliest net-cam clips I’ve seen.

Mats Sundin 2004 NHL Accuracy Shooting

Jeremy Roenick Goes 4 for 4 in Accuracy Shooting

Another notable clip from the Accuracy Challenge features Jeremy Roenick. He became just the third player in NHL history to go 100% in the event. Mark Messier also achieved a perfect shooting percentage once in 1996. Raymond Bourque reached this special feat twice in 1992 and 1993. Roenick remains the last player to have gone four for four.

Jeremy Roenick goes four for four in Accuracy Shooting

Martin Brodeur stacks the pads on Shane Doan

Up next is a vintage-style save by Martin Brodeur, stacking the pads and robbing Shane Doan with his glove. Doan was probably one of the only players in the entire competition who still remains on the same team today. In fact, the Coyotes forward holds the title of the longest-serving current captain in the NHL for your daily dose of hockey trivia.

Martin Brodeur makes a highlight-reel save on Shane Doan in 2004 NHL Skills Competition

Ilya Kovalchuk Showcases his Speed in Fastest Skater Competition

Former Atlanta Thrashers winger Ilya Kovalchuk showed off his speed while circling the net in the Fastest Skater Competition. Today, the Thrashers are no longer an NHL team, having relocated, and Kovalchuk has moved to the KHL.

Ilya Kovalchuk displays his amazing speed in 2004 NHL Skills Competition

Kimmo Timonen Amazing Goal in Elimination Shootout

Finally, here’s arguably the best goal of the entire competition. Kimmo Timonen undressed goaltender Jose Theodore on his attempt in the Elimination Shootout. Unfortunately, Timonen’s career may be in jeopardy now due to blood clots. However, he will undoubtedly go down as one of the best Finnish defensemen to ever play in the NHL.

Kimmo Timonen dekes and scores in Elimination Challenge

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