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Many of the Capitals at the International Ice Hockey Federation’s World Championships in Slovakia have certainly been having an impact, with Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov, and Evgeny Kuznetsov having success with Team Russia and prospect Martin Fehervary (among others) continuing to develop with Team Slovakia. However, Orlov and Fehervary found themselves in the news earlier today when the IIHF released some statistics to their social media platforms. Orlov leads the way as the hardest shot among skaters and Fehervary is the fastest skater among rookies in the tournament.
After a down regular season in 2018-19 with the Capitals, Orlov leads all skaters in the tournament with a shot that comes in at 152.2 kilometers per hour, which equates to approximately 94.57 miles per hour. Orlov has also recorded six points (two goals, four assists) in seven games.
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Fehervary, the second of the Capitals’ two second-round picks last year (46th overall) leads all rookie skaters with a skating speed high of 37.9 km/h or 23.55 mph, which is 2.7 km/h more than the next-fastest skater. Fehervary has one assist in seven games with Team Slovakia. The Capitals signed Fehervary to a three-year, entry-level deal in July of last year.
It is unknown exactly how the IIHF is tracking these statistics, though it could very well be through the advanced tracking technology the NHL will be using next season, technology that the league tested at the 2019 NHL All-Star Game.
By Michael Fleetwood