How Prominent Are Blocked Shots?
At the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition, four players from two teams shot head to head in the AMP NHL Hardest Shot event. These were the results:
TEAM FOLIGNO Shooter & MPH 1. A. Ovechkin 101.4mph 2. B. Burns 97.6mph 3. S. Stamkos 98.8mph 4. D. Byfuglien 97.3mph TEAM TOEWS Shooter & MPH 1. B. Seabrook 98.6mph 2. A. Ekblad 95.3mph 3. J. Faulk 95.0mph 4. S. Weber 108.5mph [if !supportLineBreakNewLine] [endif]As you can see, the slowest shot in this competition between these teams was 95 mph, the fastest by Weber at a record breaking 108.5 mph. And with Kris Russel blocking 283 of these professional shots this season, the reason for needing foot protection explains itself. Of course, there is the controversial shot clocked at 110.5 mph and fire by Jared Cowen — in the midst of Sens Skills' Hardest Shot competition, but we don't even want to think about taking that shot to the foot without a pair of Skate Fenders, YIKES!
The average shots blocked per player in the NHL 2014/15 season was 35.6 shots. If you need more reason to order Skate Fenders to protect your feet, gasp at the Top 10 Hardest Slapshots in NHL History.
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Information provided by http://www.sportingcharts.com/nhl/stats/player-blocks-statistics/2014/