Found January 30, 2012 on
Lord Stanley's Blog:
Justin Faulk always thought he had a heavy shot, which is understandable. He does.
The Canes' rookie defenseman also was aware of the shooting prowess of Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins. But he was even more impressed when seeing the "Chara Cannon" first-hand during the Skills Competition at the 2012 NHL All-Star Weekend in Ottawa.
"Shooting 108, 109 miles an hour is ridiculous," Faulk said today, smiling. "He can really let it fly."
Chara had a best of 108.8 mph, breaking his own record in the hardest shot competition, and now has won the event five straight times. Faulk's best was 95.7 mph.
The hardest-shot event Saturday was the extent of Faulk's actual competition in Ottawa -- a mere cameo. Not that he minded. One of 12 rookies chosen to make the trip, the 19-year-old had a blast being a part of it all and rubbing shoulders with some of the league's biggest stars.
"It's exciting to get to know some of the guys around the le...
BEST OF MAXIM
Zdeno Chara’s 108.8 mph slap shot Saturday night took the skills competition to a new level.
Is it a level we belong at? And is Chara a true natural, as a five-time slap shot champion in the skills competition?
Here’s what he did last night:
We’ve come a long way in about 22 years, when the slap shot competition was introduced. In 1990, the All-Star weekend had...
Do you have any idea how fast 108 miles per hour is? It's really absurd. But Zdeno Chara can hit a hockey puck that fast with four-fifths of a mph to spare, as he showed during Saturday night's Hardest Shot portion of the NHL All-Star Skills Challenge. NESN Nation's Dan Duquette is kind of blown away with this one. That's almost too fast to make something move. Regardless...
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, a team captain for today’s NHL All-Star Game, has never forgotten his roots growing up under Soviet rule in Czechoslovakia.
OTTAWA — When does a 95.3-mph slap shot seem like child's play? When Zdeno Chara fires one at 108.8. It almost doesn't seem possible, but the Boston Bruins star broke his own record in the hardest shot event Saturday night's NHL All-Star SuperSkills competition, in the process leaving Washington Capitals ...
5:00 p.m. EST: The rosters are set for Team Chara and Team Alfredsson, and all that's left now is to start the All-Star festivities. The two teams will go head-to-head in six events on Saturday night, hoping to score some bragging rights while having some fun competing against the league's best. Zdeno Chara drafted both Tyler Seguin and Tim Thomas to his team during Thursday...
OTTAWA (AP) -- Marian Gaborik got the best of New York Rangers teammate Henrik Lundqvist, and Zdeno Chara scored the winning goal for the NHL All-Star team named after him.
Even in defeat, Daniel Alfredsson rewarded the hometown fans with two goals and an assist, and then the Ottawa Senators captain provided a hint that he might come back for one more season.
For an All-Star game...
OTTAWA (AP) -- Zdeno Chara's blistering hot slap shot and Patrick Kane's Superman cape weren't enough to beat Daniel Alfredsson and his team stocked with hometown favorites in the NHL All-Star skills competition Saturday night.
The NHL All-Star game is a fun event, but ultimately, it's just that -- fun. It doesn't count for two points in the standings, has few bragging rights at stake and in general is just an excuse to see the best players in the league skating together without worrying about things as trivial as hitting or playing defense. Zdeno Chara, Tim Thomas and Tyler Seguin will all be participating...
Patrick Kane's Superman cape and Zdeno Chara's blistering hot slap shot wasn't enough to beat Daniel Alfredsson and his team stocked with hometown favorites in the NHL All-Star skills competition Saturday night.
OTTAWA (AP) -- Zdeno Chara's blistering hot slap shot and Patrick Kane's Superman cape weren't enough to beat Daniel Alfredsson an...