Shea Weber stands as the defending champion of the NHL All Star Games hardest shot competition; his rocket last season fell just .3 MPH short of matching Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara’s 108.8 MPH record, but 108.5 MPH is nothing to scoff at.
He’ll get a chance to defend that title this year, though – against two other Western Conference(ish) heavyweights and a clever sniper.
The Western Conference Skill Competition lineup was announced on Friday morning, with an unsurprising inclusion of Weber as one of the hardest shot competitors. He’ll have to fire the puck harder than both Dustin Byfuglien of the Winnipeg Jets and John Scott of… well, the St. John’s Ice Caps, for now… in order to be the strongest in the West, though. Add in the dark horse of Tyler Seguin, and it should be an interesting group competing for puck power and speed on Saturday evening.
It should be interesting to see how Weber matches up against guys like Scott – who isn’t exactly known for his rocket of a shot, but stands at an imposing 6 foot 8 – and Byfuglien, who mentioned after the competition last year that Weber’s number was definitely one to beat.
“It’s not right. There’s guys that got to get hit with that thing,” Winnipeg Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien said, per NHL.com. “It’s amazing. It’s something you work on.”