January 29, 2011
The Hardest Shot competiton during the SuperSkills is the NHL's equivalent of the Home Run Derby for baseball. While the Breakaway Challenge (trick shot) brings intrigue, the Hardest Shot brings the most buzz and gets the fans on edge before each attempt.
This year's final saw Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber(notes) up against the three-time defending champion Zdeno Chara(notes) of the Boston Bruins. Not only did Big Z make history by tying Al MacInnis with his fourth title in a row, but he also broke his own record registering a shot clocked at 105.9 mph:
Before Chara came along, no player had taken a shot that registered over 102.7 mph in the Hardest Shot except for Al Iafrate when he hit 105.2 mph in 1993. Teammate Tim Thomas(notes) is hoping Chara will take things down a notch when it's his turn to play a period tomorrow afternoon in the All-Star Game.