NHL Skills Competition 2012: Hardest Shot and Records in Danger of Being Broken

January 28th, 2012 by Mike Chiari Leave a reply »
All-star games themselves normally aren't overly meaningful or entertaining, but the NHL may very well have the best All-Star weekend in sports. It isn't because of the game, rather it is the skills competition which will take place on Saturday night.

The skills competition has been a staple of the NHL's All-Star weekend since 1990, and it provides fans with a glimpse at an awesome display of ability. There are several events in place, but the traditional competitions that have become staples are the fastest skater, accuracy shooting and hardest shot.

Here are three players with the potential to break or tie the record in each of those competitions this year.

Fastest Skater: Erik Karlsson

Depending on who you ask, the fastest skater competition very well may be the most exciting contest of the night. Some of the fastest skaters in NHL history have taken part in the event, so naturally there have been some impressive times. The current record holder is Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Gartner, who set the mark with a time of 13.386 seconds in 1996. Some players have gotten close since, but nobody has been able to beat it.

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