Posted on: January 28, 2012 9:31 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 11:35 pm
By: Adam Gretz
As long as Zdeno Chara is going to All-Star games it's hard to imagine anybody beating him in the hardest shot contest.
And he keeps raising the bar.
On Saturday night he set a new All-Star record, breaking his own mark, by firing a shot that traveled an incredible 108.8 MPH, topping the 105.9 he registered last year.
Needless to say, he won the event (by a pretty wide margin) as he had done in the previous four All-Star games, and in the process became the first player to ever win the contest five straight times. When it comes to the all-time mark he still trails former Blues and Flames rearguard Al MacInnis who won the event seven times. But it seems to be only a matter of time until Chara takes over that spot as well.
Chara's four shots on the night went an average of 107 MPH, and from slowest to fastest were 106.2, 106.9, 107.0 and 108.8. The only player on the ice that could even stay within reasonable range of him was Nashville Predators defenseman Shea Weber, who for the second year in a row finished as the runner-up.
Weber, of course, is no slouch, and finished with a high mark of 106.
Hey, anybody want to play goalie?
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