NHL All-Star Skills Competition: Zdeno Chara, the Top Score and Trivia

January 28th, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
The late Ted Williams would surely take delight in any zealous New England sports fans who, on his behalf, continue to proclaim him the greatest baseball hitter who ever lived. Even if the only scrap of concrete evidence is one solid, single-season .406 batting average, the legendary Red Sox’ left fielder and his descendant supporters would not yield in that argument then, now or in the future.

Whether he desires it or not, the comparatively humble Zdeno Chara is bound to have the same regional fanbase bent on granting him the eternal title of “hardest shooter” who ever played hockey. The prime differences from the Williams―otherwise known as “Splendid Splinter”―debate are a less keen emotional investment on Chara’s part and a paradoxically easier victory for his buffs.

Certainly, at the rate he continues to refresh the record book while still in his prime, the notion of bearing history’s most formidable slap shot will grow proportionately tougher to escape. Especially since the worldly and otherworldly Boston Bruins’ captain, born and raised in Slovakia and variously employed in two North American ...

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