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Byfuglien, Weber face off in Hardest Shot

by Ryan Dittrick (@ryandittrick) / Winnipeg Jets



Dustin Byfuglien went head-to-head with Nashville Predators defenceman Shea Weber in the Hardest Shot competition at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition.

Byfuglien registered 95.8mph in his first attempt, followed by a 97.3mph shot in his second.
Weber countered with the highest mark of the night, 108.5, with his second shot.

Weber's winner was only 0.3mph off the NHL record of 108.8, set by Zdeno Chara in 2012.


  • * Four players from each team
  • * Five points available
  • * Winner of each match up scores one point
  • * The team with the player who has the fastest speed scores one bonus point
Procedure / Rules
  • * Four head-to-head matches featuring one shooter from each team.
  • * Players alternate shots. Two attempts for each player.
  • * A single puck is positioned on the ice 30 feet from the center of the goal. A player, starting no further than the nearest blue line, may skate towards the puck and shoot it from its positioned spot into the goal. The highest recorded shot (in mph) of two attempts will be scored.
  • * Shots must be on goal to be calculated and all shots are recorded by radar in miles per hour.
  • * If a puck enters the goal uncalculated due to a malfunction of the radar equipment, the shooter will be allowed an additional attempt.
  • * If player breaks his stick he will be given another attempt.
Tie Situation
  • * If a match up ends in a tie, each of the teams will be awarded a point.  If at the completion of the event the players who tied have the fastest overall speed then the players will compete again to determine which team receives the bonus point.

Event scoresheet

Shooter MPH Shooter MPH
1. A. Ovechkin 101.4 1. B. Seabrook 98.6
2. B. Burns 97.6 2. A. Ekblad 95.3
3. S. Stamkos 98.8 3. J. Faulk 95.0
4. D. Byfuglien 97.3 4. S. Weber 108.5
Winner: Shea Weber
Score after this event Team Foligno: 15
Team Toews: 4

In his second event of the night immediately after, Byfuglien scored a beautiful backhand goal in the shootout, adding another point to the winning total.

Overall, Team Foligno defeated Team Toews 25-19.


* 21 Skaters and three goalies from each team.

  • * Goals scored using game pucks count as one point
  • * Goals scored using a Discover Card puck count as two points
Procedure / Rules 
  • * Event consists of three rounds
  • * Each round is two minutes
  • * Seven skaters and one goalie from each team participate in each round
  • * For each round the clock is set for two minutes, a goalie from each team is in their net and seven players from each team are lined up to face the opposing goalie
  • * Each round begins on the referees whistle and the first player to shoot is from the team that is trailing in overall competition points. If the score is tied the home team shoots first.
  • * Teams alternate shooting and each player has a maximum of 10 seconds to take a shot
  • * The seven participating players in each round continue rotation in a round until time runs out
  • * Every third puck put in to play will be a Discover Card puck
  • * Each scoring attempt is officiated in accordance with NHL shootout rules.
Event scoresheet

Team Foligno Team Toews
Skater Goal/Save/Miss Skater Goal/Save/Miss
A. Ovechkin Save, Goal P. Bergeron Save, Save
K. Shattenkirk Save, Miss M. Hoffman Goal, Save
P. Kane Save T. Seguin Goal
D. Byfuglien Goal A. Ekblad Goal
Z. Girgensons Save S. Weber Goal
N. Foligno Save V. Tarasenko Save
R. Nugent-Hopkins Save R. Suter Save
Goalie: B. Elliott --- Goalie: J. Halak ---
Skater Goal/Save/Miss Skater Goal/Save/Miss
J. Drouin Save, Goal J. Faulk Save, Save
O. Ekman-Larsson Goal, Goal J. Gaudreau Save, Save
B. Burns Save, Goal J. Tavares Save, Save
J. Sekac Save B. Seabrook Goal
D. Keith Save P. Elias Miss
A. Kopitar Save R. Nash Goal
R. Vrbata Save M. Giordano Save
Goalie: M. Fleury --- Goalie: R. Luongo ---
Skater Goal/Save/Miss Skater Goal/Save/Miss
B. Ryan Save, Miss R. Getzlaf Save, Goal
P. Kessel Goal, Save J. Tavares Goal, Save
R. Johansen Save J. Toews Save, Goal
D. Doughty Save F. Forsberg Goal
S. Stamkos Goal T. Seguin Goal
C. Giroux Save J. Voracek Save
N. Foligno Save R. Nash Save
Goalie: C. Price --- Goalie: C. Crawford ---
Winner: Team Foligno
Score after this event
Team Foligno: 25
Team Toews: 19

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