John Carlson Wins Hardest Shot Competition, Second Straight Capital to Do So

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While T.J. Oshie and Family, the Alzners, and other Capitals players head off on the All-Star Game break, Capitals defenseman John Carlson and goaltender Braden Holtby traveled to San Jose, where they took part in the NHL Skills Competition, in which Carlson won the Hardest Shot Competition. 

Carlson won the competition with a shot speed of 102.8, becoming the second straight Capitals player to win the competition, following captain Alex Ovechkin’s win in 2018 with a shot speed of 101.3. Carlson matched up against fellow defensemen Seth Jones, Brent Burns, and forward Steven Stamkos.

Holtby, as one can imagine, was quite happy of his teammate’s win:


ROUND 1

Player | Shot 1 (mph)

1. Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets | 99.4

2. John Carlson, Washington Capitals | 102.8

3. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning | 96.2

4. Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks | Miss

ROUND 2

Player | Shot 2 (mph)

1. Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks | 100.6

2. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning | 93.1

3. Seth Jones, Columbus Blue Jackets | 95.1

4. John Carlson, Washington Capitals | 100.8

Winner: Carlson (102.8)

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About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. His favorite player became former Capital Nate Schmidt after he met Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoys photography, watching WildEarth TV's SafariLive live safaris, and watching animals in his spare time. (Photo by Adam Vingan in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp).
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