OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 28: Dennis Wideman #6 of the Washington Capitals and Team Chara takes a shot during the Blackberry NHL Hardest Shot part of the 2012 Molson Canadian NHL All-Star Skills Competition at Scotiabank Place on January 28, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Perhaps overshadowed by the Ovechkin All-Star drama was the fact that Caps Dennis Wideman was more than happy to be traveling to Ottawa to represent the team.
“I’m just trying to take it all in and enjoy it,” Wideman told the Washington Times. “It was pretty special being in a room with that amount of talent.”
The humble defenseman finished Sunday’s game with a secondary assist for Team Chara. While he didn’t take home any honors from the Skills Challenge, he managed respectable stats in the Hardest Shot competition and as the one-timer leg of the Skills Challenge Relay.
As you can see from the video, despite his 95.3 mph slapshot, Wideman was no match for Zdeno Chara’s 108.8 mph puck.