RALEIGH, NC -
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara
broke his own NHL Hardest Shot record Saturday night at the RBC Center and took home his fourth consecutive Hardest Shot title after recording a 105.9 MPH blast at the 2011 Honda NHL SuperSkills Competition.
Chara beat Nashville’s Shea Weber, whose hardest shot registered at 104.8 MPH. Weber managed to edge out Chara in the first round of the competition when his 104.8 MPH shot topped Chara’s 104.1 MPH shot, however the B’s captain took home the title with his first attempt in the final round.
Now a four-time Hardest Shot king, Chara recorded triple-digit blasts of 100.4 MPH in 2007, 103.1 MPH in 2008, and 105.4 MPH in 2009 to win the Hardest Shot titles the last three times the contest was held. The previous Hardest Shot record was Chara’s 105.4 MPH shot, which he set at the 2009 SuperSkills Competition at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
B’s rookie Tyler Seguin
also participated in the XM NHL Hardest Shot Competition, when he faced off against Anaheim’s Cam Fowler. Seguin’s blast of 97.1 MPH topped Fowler’s 93.8 MPH shot.
Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas
was active throughout the evening, as he faced off against Carolina’s Cam Ward in the first ever goaltender duel in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater Contest. Thomas stumbled behind the net and ended up losing to Ward, who posted a time of 18.895 seconds.
Thomas and Chara will participate in the 58th NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, January 30th at 4:00 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on VERSUS. The Bruins return to action on Monday, January 31 with a 2:00 p.m. practice at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington.
Following practice, the team will head to Raleigh to face the Hurricanes at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 1 (TV: NESN, RADIO: 98.5 The Sports Hub).
Please note that Chara and Thomas will meet the team in Carolina on Monday evening and not participate in Monday's practice in Wilmington.