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Video: Chara’s 108.8 mph blast sets hardest shot record

Jan 28, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara broke his own record Saturday night, firing a 108.8 mph blast en route to winning the 2012 NHL All-Star hardest shot competition.

Chara, who has now won the last five hardest shot events, defeated Nashville defenseman Shea Weber in the final. Weber recorded blasts of 104.9 and 106 mph — the latter also breaking Chara’s old record of 105.9 — but couldn’t top the 6-foot-9 Slovakian rearguard, who wowed the Scotiabank Center crowd with an absolute bomb in the opening round:

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Chara’s lazer wasn’t the only one stunning the largely pro-Ottawa crowd. A pair of Senators — Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza — both clocked triple digits on their shots, much to the surprise of those in attendance. Spezza slammed a 100.5 mph shot into the cage while Alfredsson, Ottawa’s 39-year-old captain, hit 101.3 on the gun.

In the rookie battle, Buffalo’s Luke Adam (98.3) beat Carolina’s Justin Falk (95.9). Alfredsson defeated Washington’s Dennis Wideman (95.3) in his head-to-head matchup while Spezza pulled somewhat of an upset in defeating Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf, who owns one of the hardest shots in the game.

  1. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 28, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    crosby would have hit a 110 mph slapshot

    • capsrockva - Jan 29, 2012 at 9:56 AM

      You’ve got to be kidding me

  2. terriers4 - Jan 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    I really hope your just kidding

  3. ballsohardu - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    More like 60 mph for crosby

  4. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:11 PM


    • mornelithe - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:14 PM


    • bostonsfullofratsisfullofshit - Jan 29, 2012 at 8:34 AM

      Hey troll like my new name?

      • spokedjackets - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM

        Pot calling the kettle black eh?

  5. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    It’s impressive to see someone like Chara be able to skate at the highest level with his height. The guy has a rocket.

  6. canucks18 - Jan 29, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    You should probably add that Team Chara got dominated in the competitions tonight!

    • imleftcoast - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      And that Edler has a harder shot than Chara. Would have been nice if Edler had the chance to go head to head with the octopus.

      • mgp1219 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        Edler has a harder shot than Chara? Really?? Where has that been demonstrated that know one knows about?

        Edler is a pussy and your whole team is full of them.

    • mgp1219 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      Just another bitter Cannots fan who won’t let it go. The Bruins beat the piss out of your team and took home the Stanley Cup. Get over it. You all keep looking for people to hate you, it seems.

    • mornelithe - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      Who won the All-Star game? It’s nice to be able to show your skills when there’s noone else on the ice. It’s a much better thing to show your skills under adversity.

      “Boards, don’t hit back.” – Bruce Lee

  7. me6661973 - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:14 AM

    Glad crybaby been out. He not that great. Also he seeing all shyt talking about him and he like little whimp don’t know when stay out of lime light.

  8. lameasish - Jan 29, 2012 at 2:06 AM

    Me666 is probably drunk, Crosby overrated??, not even close bud, check the stats…haters gonna hate, have another beer pal, chances are he has more points in his few years in the league than any player u can mumble…

    • ossipeepats - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:45 AM

      Wayne Gretzky

  9. bleed4philly - Jan 29, 2012 at 3:35 AM

    I would hate being the opposing goalie.

    • capsrockva - Jan 29, 2012 at 9:58 AM


  10. hooockey - Jan 29, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    Spezza shot 103.5 at the team’s competition, so I was expecting more than the 100.5 he shot today. Of course, I follow hockey and know these things, unlike the writer who was surprised spezza shoots so hard.

    • Mike Halford - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:51 PM

      Didn’t mean to insinuate that Spezza had a muffin or anything. The “surprise” was more that he was only the second guy to hit +100 on the gun (and that he beat Phaneuf, who once finished second to Chara in this very same event.)

      But as always, thanks for the positive feedback!


  11. pastabelly - Jan 29, 2012 at 8:02 AM

    Seems weird saying this, but hardest shot is not always the best. Johnny Boychuck actually may have the best shot from the point on Boston and nobody had a better shot than Bobby Orr and he his shot wasn’t as fast as Chara’s. The big guy is best when he’s defending.

  12. jkay1818 - Jan 29, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Curious to see how hard Al Mcinnis and Iafrate’s shots would have been with composite sticks. IM going to say they would have been around the 110 mark. It was a big big deal years ago when they were hitting 101-103. One way to find out is if weber and chara lined up with those same heavy wood sticks they used.

  13. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    they should have let malkin shoot. he would have put a hole in the net with that canon he has. chara doesn’t have shit on geno

    • cshearing - Jan 30, 2012 at 8:59 AM

      Your life must be empty.

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