Around 100 miles per hour The average speed of slap shots in the NHL now is approximately 100 miles per hour, up from roughly the low 90's ten seasons ago! That's faster than any regular ice hockey puck.
The fastest recorded slap shot was 134.5 miles per hour by Pat LaFontaine on December 11, 2003. The slowest recorded slap shot was only 80 miles per hour by Anton Volchenkov on January 5, 2009. All records were set using radar guns.
In addition to being faster than a regular ice hockey puck, slaps are also heavier, coming closer to a rock than a ball at times. This is because they are usually shot by goalies who want to induce panic in their opponents by hitting them with something hard and heavy instead of with a ball. This tactic is called "scaring the bejeezus out of your opponent."
Goalies often shoot slappers over the net to scare away opposing shooters. This is not recommended for two reasons: first, it is very dangerous if you don't see the shot coming; second, it is illegal if you are batting the puck over the net with your stick (but not if you're using your blocker).
1833.7 km/h for hockey Anyone who follows hockey knows that 6'9 defenseman Zdeno Chara can smack the puck. Big Z owns the NHL record for fastest shot, clocking it at 108.8 mph (175.1 km/h) at the 2012 NHL All-Star Skills Competition. That's more than fast enough to slap the puck past a goalie with a leg up.
In fact, Chara's shot was so powerful that it crashed through three skates before it hit the ice. The massive defender is known for his crushing hits and has been called "The Monster" by some fans because of them. In addition to his role on the blueline, he has chipped in five goals and 21 points in 41 games this season for the Boston Bruins.
Chara isn't the only big guy who can shoot quickly. Center Eric Lindros owned the AHL record with a shot that traveled 119.2 km/h (74.9 miles per hour). The New York Rangers star was coming off an Olympic gold medal performance when he set the mark in 2003. He spent one season in the NHL after playing nine years in the minors before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Another huge man who played in the NHL was Scott Stevens. At 6'10", 265 lbs (120 kg), he could shoot the puck with the best of them.
Players from the wooden stick period may have had far quicker slap shots if they had played in the composite stick era. There is no way to adequately compare slap shot speed from an age when shot speed was not measured to players from now. However, we can be sure that it was significantly faster.
During the early 1900s, when hockey was popularized in Canada, most games were played with wood sticks. As time went on and the sport became more professional, maple sticks were adopted by many players. In the mid-1900s, aluminum hockey sticks were introduced into the market place, but they were mostly used by younger players who needed a lighter stick for better maneuverability.
In today's game, slap shots are used to shoot the puck over the net or into the opposing team's zone without using hands or arms. They are usually taken from near the blue line at a angle toward the middle of the ice where there is less resistance from the frozen surface. However, players of old could have used much higher shots to beat goaltenders who didn't wear masks back then.
There are two types of slap shots: high and low. A high slap shot goes very quickly through the air and often beats the goalie cleanly. A low slap shot isn't as fast but can go in between the pads of the goalie to lift him off his feet or hit the net.
118.3 mph His slapshot reached 118.3 mph (190.5 km/h) and he could skate at 29.7 mph (47.8 km/h). During his quest to become the first player to score 50 goals, Hull's wrist shot was said to be tougher than his slapshot.
Bobby Hull is considered by many to be the best right-winger of all time. A five-time Art Ross Trophy winner, three-time Hart Memorial Trophy winner, and two-time Stanley Cup champion, he also holds numerous scoring records to this day. Hull began his professional career with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1953 at the age of 18. In his first season, he scored a record 52 goals, which has never been surpassed for an American-born player. He went on to play 10 more seasons with Chicago, finishing with 228 goals, which is still a team record. The most memorable moment of his career came when he scored 50 goals in the 1955-56 season, breaking the previous record of 49 held by Alexander Ovechkin since 2005.
Hull left Chicago after ten seasons to join the Detroit Red Wings, where he spent the next four years playing alongside friend and fellow superstar Gordie Howe. The duo became known as "Mr. Hockey" and were among the greatest offensive forces in NHL history. With Hull leading the way, the Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in 1957, 1958, and 1959.
Since we all know what a slap shot is, let's look at its biomechanics. Many elements influence the velocity of the puck during such a shot; we've mentioned a couple here: Furthermore, the slap shot's preloading, loading, release, and follow through stages all contribute to stick velocity.
The bending of the hockey stick when it comes into contact with the puck. When the puck is released from the blade of the stick, Follow Through: The continued motion of the hockey stick towards the target.
A number of players are credited as being the first to attempt the slap shot in an NHL game. There is a case to be made that Howie Morenz invented the shot when he swiped angrily at a puck during a practice. Indeed, in the 1950s, Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion popularized the slap shot. The shot became more common after this, and it is now considered the standard way to shoot the puck.
Some early players included Eddie Gerard, Camille Daurier, George Owen, and Frank Foyston.
The first known goal scored with a slap shot came on November 19, 1917, by Owen into the Chicago net against Charlie Conacher of the Chicago Black Hawks. The ball went in off the post behind the netminder.
Owen was playing left wing for the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden when he fired the slap shot. The New York Rangers were playing their first game at the new arena and they lost 1-4 to the Canadiens. After the game, coach Joe Bumsedel praised Owen's shot, saying it was "the fastest thing I've ever seen."
In fact, there is some debate about who exactly invented the slap shot. Some say it was Howie Morenz while others claim Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion created the shot first. What isn't debateable is that both men contributed to its popularity and effectiveness in the NHL.