Carlson wins NHL's Hardest Shot Competition

Ben Krimmel
January 26, 2019 - 12:42 pm

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With a blast of 102.8 MPH, Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson won the Hardest Shot Competition during the NHL All-Star Skills Competition Friday. 

Carlson was the only player to break triple digits in both of his attempts, notching 100.8 MPH on the radar gun with the "slower" of his two shots.

"I didn't have too much expectations, but I was excited to win," Carlson said afterwards. "I've never clocked it probably since, you know, I was a teenager, something like that. So I had no idea what to expect."

Carlson is the second Capitals defenseman to take home hardest shot honors after Al Iafrate was back-to-back champ in 1993 and 1994.

This marks the second-straight year a Caps player has had the league's fastest shot after Alex Ovechkin won with a 101.3 MPH shot in 2018. 

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