LANDOVER, Md. -- Washington Capitals defenseman Al Iafrate Wednesday night became the first player in NHL history to have his shot break the 100 miles-per-hour mark.
Iafrate's slapshot was clocked at 101.4 mph during an NHL Superskills Competition at the Capital Centre Wednesday night.
A strong candidate this season for the Norris Trophy given to the league's top defenseman, Iafrate shattered the existing record of 98.7 mph held set by Chicago defenseman Chris Chelios.
National Hockey League officials were on hand for the event and have secured Iafrate's stick for inclusion into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
As part of the Superskills format, being held in all 24 NHL cities, Iafrate will attempt to defend his record at the All-Star Skills Competition in Montreal on February 5th.