When Dennis Wideman found out he was heading to his first NHL All-Star game, his first thoughts were how he was dreading participating in the Skills Competition that comes along with the game. Wideman joked about hoping he could avoid the skills portion of the weekend and "just hold a camera and take some pictures.”
Unfortunately, Wideman couldn't, as Team Chara, to whom he was drafted, selected him to participate in the skills relay and hardest shot events.
Despite his worries, the Caps defenseman performed impressively well in his events. He claims to have hoped to just shoot over 90 miles per hour in the hardest shot competition, but Wideman managed to reach 95.3 (at 5.38), though, that number, while impressive, pales in comparison to Zdeno Chara's rocket 108.8 mile per hour effort.
In the skills relay, Wideman shot right-handed one-timers from the point. He needed to make three, and it took him six shots to do so (at 2.03).