2009 NHL All-Star Game: Hardest Shot Contest: Now a "Chara"ty Event!

Kevin van SteendelaarAnalyst IJanuary 24, 2009

OK kids, it's All Star Skills Day!

My personal favourite event is the Hardest Shot competition.

So, fellow hockey fans, who do you think is going to win it this year?

Will it be the Bruins giant and reigning champion Zdeno Chara?

Can Vincent Lecavalier avenge his second place finish last year?

The Oilers' Sheldon Souray, missing it last season, was unofficially clocked at 106.7 mph at the Oilers skills competition. Can he make it official tonight?

Or will it be the one of the underdogs in the form of Mark Streit, Shea Weber or Mike Komisarek?

Insiders hint: Not known for his scoring and shooting, Komisarek did win this competition in the AHL skills competition.

Cast your vote and see if you were right!

A big (excuse the pun) thumbs up to Zdeno Chara who issued a challenge that was accepted by his competition to put up $1,000 each towards the winner's preferred charity.

The players' respective teams have matched their representatives donations, and the NHL has tacked on another $6,000,  bringing the tally to $18,000 for the winner's charity.

Chara hopes the challenge will prompt the competitors in the other events to do the same. Well done!

The All-Star Game record for the hardest shot belongs to Al Iafrate who rifled a 105.2 mph blast at the 1993 event at the Montreal Forum.