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Zdeno Chara nabs NHL.com’s title for greatest slap shot ever

Aug 26, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

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Zdeno Chara keeps breaking the All-Star Game’s hardest shot record and frightening shot blockers around the NHL, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that John Kreiser says he has the greatest slapper in NHL history.

He’s not the only active NHL player on the list, however.

Shea Weber (No. 5), Steven Stamkos (No. 6) and Sheldon Souray (No. 7) joined him to show that this is a dangerous time to be in a puck’s path.

Some of the best material comes from the entries on retired players, though.

Kreiser includes Bobby Hull, which isn’t much of a surprise, but his brother Dennis’ inclusion might be. Al MacInnis’ entry might have the most mythic quality, though:

He sent a calling card on Jan. 17, 1984, when his slap shot from outside the blue line hit Blues goaltender Mike Liut in the mask, splitting his helmet on the way into the net. The power of his shot made MacInnis one of the most feared players in the NHL — especially on the power play. He was one of the few players who was a threat to score from center ice.

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  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Sorry but NHL.com is wrong, Al MacInnis had the hardest slapshot.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Aug 27, 2012 at 2:29 AM

      Fact
      Al used a wooden stick and could hit 99, the composite sticks today can add 10 mph compared to the stick Al used.

  2. pastabelly - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Bobby Orr had the greatest slapshot ever. This is not debatable.

    • capesouth - Aug 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      sure it is.

  3. charleslouis99 - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    didn’t macinnis rupture someones testicle from a shot also

  4. missthemexpos - Aug 26, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    I have to give the award to Al Iafrate. Remember when he won the 1993 hardest shot competition with a then record speed of 105.2 MPH(a mark that stood for 16 years), this was done with a wooden stick. No one has ever beaten that record using a wooden stick. Sadly, like Bobby Orr before him, injuries forced Iafrate from the game way too soon.

    • sheckyrimshot - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      he also did this while rocking the most majestic skullet in the history of the nhl

  5. t16rich - Aug 26, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Al MacIness no doubt. He used a wood stick and wasn’t a ridiculously large human being. Big yes, but not like Zdeno.

  6. rgledz - Aug 27, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    My vote would be for the Golden Jet. Bobby Hull did it with the straight blade and had an absolute rocket shot. Let Chara give it a go with straight blade wooden stick and see where he ends up on the radar gun.

  7. nekelund - Aug 27, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    In terms of raw speed or power, especially with the advances in stick technology, Al MacInnis wasn’t the top. But he had the most accurate, deadliest slapshot I ever saw. I remember him hitting a shot against the Leafs in the early(?) nineties that rattled around the inside of the top crossbar so quickly that it was impossible to see it enter and leave the net without instant replay, which only caught the puck on a few frames. Add that to the ability to blow a shot past goalies from centre on multiple occasions, and I can’t think of someone I would less like to see loading up a slapshot from the blueline than MacInnis, were I an opposing netminder. MacInnis = #1

    Geoffrion may have introduced the weapon and Hull may have honed it, but MacInnis made it truly deadly and became the all-time master in its use. No contest, no matter how much harder new sticks may allow players to shoot it.

  8. jkay1818 - Aug 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    I mentioned this on other posts and a lot of you are taking the words right out of my mouth. I would take iafrate and macinnis over chara. They were shooting bombs over 100 with heavy wooden sticks that came nowhere near the technology of today. Those sticks didn’t generate the same speed, didn’t have the ability to flex as much. Also, macinnis and iafrate were a lot more effective. Chara misses the net a ton or shoots into traffic.
    Even Bure shot around 98 before all these new sticks, and to me he was more dangerous with his shot than chara because he skated up the wing at top speed and let them fly.
    I’d go with macinnis and iafrate

    • missthemexpos - Aug 27, 2012 at 2:31 PM

      Great point on Bure using the slapshot while coming down the wing at full speed. The goalie knew what was coming but the puck often found the back of the net.

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