x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Zdeno Chara still has the hardest shot in the NHL

Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara retained his crown as the NHL's hardest shooter with a record 105.9mph (170.4kph) blast during the NHL All-Star skills competition.

Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins takes his shot during the NHL SuperSkills competition.
Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins takes his shot during the NHL SuperSkills competition.

RALEIGH // Boston Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara retained his crown as the NHL's hardest shooter with a record 105.9mph (170.4kph) blast during the NHL All-Star skills competition.

The hulking 2.06m tall Slovakian bettered the previous record of 105.4mph he set in 2009 to win the contest for the fourth consecutive time.

"Records are meant to be broken," Chara told reporters.

"I like to have fun at these things but at the same time when it comes down to showing what you have, we have to sell it."

New York Islanders rookie Michael Grabner claimed the fastest skater honours while Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks won the accuracy competition, as the fastest to shoot out four targets.

Washington Capitals' Russian showman Alexander Ovechkin claimed a third-straight win in the breakaway challenge event held on the eve of today's annual All-Stars game.

"If I win something I'm pretty," said Ovechkin, who also competed in the hardest shot competition. "Lots of guys make different moves but a couple of them were pretty cooled."