Predators Shea Weber, of Team Toews, takes a
slap shot measured at 108.5 mph to win the
hardest shot competition during the NHL All-Star
hockey skills competition in Columbus, Ohio on
Ohio - Not that they did before, but it's official
now: No one wants to get in front of Shea Weber's
Nashville Predators defenseman fired the hardest shot
of 108.5 mph at the NHL All-Stars skills competition
on Saturday night, taking advantage of five-time
champion Zdeno Chara's absence.
knew I got it," Weber said. "But it's tough.
You never know how hard it is until it registers on
the gun. But it felt like I got pretty much all I
could into it, and (you) just kind of hope for the
his nerves since he doesn't practice high-velocity
shots, Weber missed the entire net on a 101.8-mph
drive with his first attempt. That nullified that try.
Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin — who stole the
show at Friday night's draft by pleading to be picked
last so he would win a new car — had led the
competition with a pair of 101.4-mph drives.
then Weber stepped into his final shot to win the
said it felt strange with the 6-foot-9 Chara — who
holds the record of 108.8 mph set in 2012 — not
he's the guy to beat all the time," Weber said.
"He's got the big shot. Honestly, I was nervous
because there's some guys out there that can rip
team captained by Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick
Foligno defeated one led by Chicago Blackhawks captain
Jonathan Toews, 25-19. The teams meet in the 60th
All-Star game on Sunday.
capacity crowd roared with laughter, booed former
Columbus players such as New York Rangers star Rick
Nash, and gave Weber a standing ovation.
had a blast," Foligno said. "The boys did
awesome. I wasn't sure how it was going to go but we
got off to a great start."
other premier event at the skills competition featured
Ryan Johansen of the hometown Blue Jackets winning the
pulled Blue Jackets trainer Mike Vogt's 7-year-old
son, Cole, out of the stands to score a goal to the
delight of the crowd. In addition, the center endeared
himself to Ohio State fans by pulling off his Blue
Jackets sweater to reveal a No. 5 Ohio State football
jersey — similar to one worn by injured star
quarterback Braxton Miller — on his first shot.
also employed a star-laden V-formation to the net on
his third and final attempt.
the ice we're out there goofing around, having fun,
making each other laugh while showing our moves and
skills — things we don't normally do on the
ice," Johansen said. "I've really enjoyed
meeting these guys off the ice. It's amazing how
similar we all are."
after Johansen and Cole Vogt scored their tandem goal,
Philadelphia's Jake Voracek did exactly what Johansen
did — except instead of a little boy he grabbed
diminutive Calgary rookie Johnny Gaudreau and guided
him toward scoring a goal.
breakaway event began with St. Louis goalie Brian
Elliott turning his back on an opposing player —
Blues teammate Vladimir Tarasenko — and then taking
a selfie of the two as the puck went into the net. The
crowd again roared with laughter.
who won the first three of the five times the
breakaway has been held, struck out on three baseball
swings off high passes from Tarasenko. Patrick Kane,
who won in 2012 after donning Clark Kent glasses and a
red Superman cape, didn't compete in the breakaway but
had the fastest time in accuracy shooting.
the fastest skater event, in which players were paired
off and raced around the perimeter of the rink against
the clock, Team Foligno went 5-0 — winning all four
races and pocketing an extra point for Tampa Bay's
Jonathan Drouin posting the fastest time of 13.103
Phil Kessel, who was dealt by Team Toews for Tyler
Seguin on Friday in a duplicate of a real 2009 deal
between Boston and Toronto, surprised many by edging
the Dallas Stars star in the first speed pairing of
matchup of Blackhawks teammates, Kane beat Toews by
breaking four plates at the corners of a net almost 3
seconds faster — in a time of 13.529 — to push
Team Foligno to a 10-1 lead through three events.
two close friends shared a laugh later when they met
always competitive with each other in all aspects of
the game," Toews said. "Tonight, he got the
best of me. I had the chance to take it from him, and
it just slipped away. It happens."