Ottawa Senators rookie Colin Greening is fast, but Hec Kilrea is (still) faster.
Carl Hagelin of the New York Rangers was actually top of the field overall Saturday night in the Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater event at the (big breath) 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition in Ottawa. But it was Greening who recorded the fastest time of the night and of the modern (recorded) era. His time of 12.963 seconds over a distance of 356 feet broke the previous record (13.4 seconds) set by Mike Gartner in 1996. It still lags behind the mark set by Hec Kilrea in Montreal in 1928 when he covered 570 feet in 16.4 seconds. Adjusting for the difference in distances then and now, Kilrea was a full 0.01 second faster than Greening, covering 34.8 feet/second to his modern-day challenger’s 27.5. Oh, and yes, once again: Kilrea was pushing a puck.
By no surprise, Boston Zdeno Chara won the BlackBerry Hardest Shot event, unleashing a puck at 108.8 mph and thereby breaking his own previous record of 105.9 mph, set last year. Runner-up was Nashville’s Shea Weber, who also broke the old record with a slapshot of 106 mph.