Saturday, February 5, 2011

Video: Did KHL's Denis Kulyash beat Zdeno Chara with 110 mph shot?

During All-Star weekend last week, Zdeno Chara broke his own record of 105.4 mph in Hardest Shot competition with a blast of 105.9 mph. 
Only a week later that record is said to have been broken during the KHL All-Star skills event. Denis Kulyash of Omsk Avangard, according to reports, demolished Chara's NHL record with a 110.343 mph (177.58 km/h) blast on his second attempt.  In the video they do not show the radar gun on the second attempt, but his first blast was shown at 169.02 km/h which converts to 105.03 mph.
There have to be questions regarding the validity of this in comparison to the NHL competition.  The biggest difference, at least from my eye, is the puck appears to be place closer to the net during the KHL competition than the NHL one.
The solution to any dispute over who is the current holder of the hardest shot is to have Chara and Kulyash shoot on the same ice.

Hat tip to Puck Daddy