The reputation of having the hardest shot in the National Hockey League had been stolen away from Shea Weber at the last minute three different times. In 2009, in 2011 and then again in 2012.
But tonight, in Columbus, he finally came out on top.
Without Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara attending this year’s installment of NHL All-Star Weekend, Weber came in as the front runner. After all, Chara was the only thing standing in his way the past three events. Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin led up until the final shot with a shot (two of them, actually) that clocked in at 101.4 mph. The Nashville Predators captain anchored the Team Toews lineup, missed the net on the first shot but then posted the high speed of 108.5.
His previous best was 106.0 (in 2012).
After four All-Star Weekends, Weber can finally say that he won the AMP NHL Hardest Shot competition.
The all-time record is held by Chara (108.8).
SIDE NOTE: Patric Hornqvist once made a living standing in front of those. Just sayin’.
PHOTO CREDIT: Jeremy K. Gover // TheGameNashville.com
VIDEO CREDIT: NBCSN (via the Nashville Predators’ official website)