MONTREAL — For a few seconds there it looked like Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was going to lose his own challenge.
Earlier this week Chara got his fellow competitors in the Cisco NHL Hardest Shot competition to ante up $1,000 a piece. By the time it was all said and done, the players, their clubs, the NHLPA and the NHL had put up $24,000 for donation to the favorite charity of the event’s winner.
When he first teed it up tonight at Bell Centre, Chara knew he needed to beat Nashville defenseman Shea Weber’s 103.4 miles per hour. Chara’s first attempt came 0.1 short. So the Bruins captain regrouped at the blue line, took a deep breath and unloaded an NHL-record-setting 105.4 shot to earn Right to Play the right to the rich money pot.
“To shoot even harder than the first one – simple as that,” said Chara about what he was thinking before he shattered Al Iafrate’s previous record of 105.2 mph. “I knew that I would have to put another really hard shot. And basically I gave it all I had, and I’m just glad it worked out.” (more…)