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from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,

As a clinician and a professor of biomechanics who has worked with golfers and baseball players, Dr. Kevin Robinson was eager to apply science to a growing hockey legend. And that interest only grew after watching Shea Weber step into his first few slap shots after a recent practice.

It is a shot that ripped through an Olympic hockey net this year, leaving behind what one news agency described as “scorch marks” on the mesh. It moves with the ferocity that has reportedly broken bones in no fewer than four teammates while elevating Weber, a first-year captain of the Nashville Predators, into an object of childhood wonder.

“With that guy on skates,” Robinson said, “I was a dwarf.”

Robinson, who teaches at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., analyzed Weber’s shot last month with help from a digital camera and a computer program. He asked the 6-foot-4, 234-pound defenceman to take about a dozen shots in open ice, and asked the same of Predators teammates Jordin Tootoo and Cody Franson for the sake of comparison.


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SYF's avatar

Every friggin’ time the Preds set him up for a shot from the point on their PP, I cower.  That guy has the meanest shot in the league.  I haven’t seen anything like that since Al MacInnis and before him, Al Iafrate.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 11/16/10 at 05:27 PM ET

SYF's avatar

The Detroit News did something similar to this story a couple of years ago:

The Lidstrom Slapshot.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 11/16/10 at 06:05 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

If he has broken 4 bones on his teammates, at what point does he become a liability to the Preds?  I would think that in practice they would get out of the way.

I would hate for one of our Dmen to get hit by one of these.

Posted by w2j2 on 11/17/10 at 12:46 PM ET

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