All-star Weber defends hardest shot title at skills competition

Los Angeles (AFP) – Shea Weber won the hardest shot competition for the third straight year as the Atlantic Division captured night’s Skills Competition as part of the build up to the 2017 NHL All-Star Game.

The Montreal Canadiens defenceman blasted a shot 165.4 kilometres per hour (102.8 mph) to defend his title against runner-up Patrik Laine, who let one fly 163.7 km/h.

“I have been working on my shot. I will continue to work on it in practice. It is not easy to do,” Weber said.

The Atlantic Division defeated the Pacific Division 9-7 in points as the skills competition determined the matchups for Sunday’s All-Star game at Staples Center arena.

This is the third time Los Angeles has hosted the mid-season exhibition with the others taking place in 1981 and 2002.

The exposure to the NHL has also fuelled a growth of the sport in California as the number of registered hockey players has…

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