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05-22-2008, 12:59 AM
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Lafleur , Lemaire , Cournoyer , Langway , Robinson , Richer , Vladimir Malakov , Leclair , Gingras , Souray , Kovalev , AKost , Carey Price
His shot is above average, but not that hard at all. I remember seeing the Défi McDonald and everyone was saying "Lookout for Malakhov" and his shot was in the mid 90 range, which is good, but nothing more.

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Jaques Lemaire anyone?
Yes, me .

Put it through the net more than once. One time was at a game I saw live in Vancouver.

He used to practice with a solid steel puck.

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Relative to when they played, the big shots I remember :

Rousseau,Lemaire,Frank Mahovlich, Robinson, Lafleur,Shutt, Gingras,Richer, Malakhov, Savage, Souray, Kovalev.

A few guys had big shots but they were skills competition shots, you wouldn't see it in games, Kilger for example. They had a d man awhile back, in the 80's, who had a big shot, Gilbert Delorme. He was a high pick who good skate and shoot, deliver thunderous hits but wasn't that good a d man.

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Savage's shot was pretty damn hard.
especially in October,it seem's it was even harder

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So, reading through this thread, with about 30 players named, I would say we have a consensus. So Terry Harper it is.

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in my era of watching hockey which is now:

between 1996 and now:

Sheldon ''SS44'' Souray

Brian ''Mr. I score 20 goals in October and stop scoring'' Savage

Pierre ''Breakfast'' Dagenais : he did not shot as hard as the others but his slapshot was extremely accurate ..so did savage's shot

I cant remember anyone else right now.... keep brainstorming people

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If I'm not mistaken, I seem to remember Gingras scoring once from his own blue line.

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So, reading through this thread, with about 30 players named, I would say we have a consensus. So Terry Harper it is.
Players never tried to deflect his shots, it tended to stop them.

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Players never tried to deflect his shots, it tended to stop them.
Harper was probably the Habs "hardest (not to laugh at) shooter".

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Savage's shot was pretty damn hard.
Only in october.

Some guys beat me to it.

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So, reading through this thread, with about 30 players named, I would say we have a consensus. So Terry Harper it is.
Do you need to state the obvious?

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Do you need to state the obvious?
It must have been quite a core for forwards going to the net back tehn. Harper was usually paired with Laperriere who had a cannon but, esp. early in his career, had no idea where it was going. They'd scatter when Lappy shot, but relax when The Harp would wind up.

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Relative to when they played, the big shots I remember :

Rousseau,Lemaire,Frank Mahovlich, Robinson, Lafleur,Shutt, Gingras,Richer, Malakhov, Savage, Souray, Kovalev.

A few guys had big shots but they were skills competition shots, you wouldn't see it in games, Kilger for example. They had a d man awhile back, in the 80's, who had a big shot, Gilbert Delorme. He was a high pick who good skate and shoot, deliver thunderous hits but wasn't that good a d man.
Little OT here but was it Delorme who called out Lafleur after an alcohol related car accident or was that Robert Picard or did I dream all of this?

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It must have been quite a core for forwards going to the net back tehn. Harper was usually paired with Laperriere who had a cannon but, esp. early in his career, had no idea where it was going. They'd scatter when Lappy shot, but relax when The Harp would wind up.
Harper remains one of my all time favorite Habs. His courage exceeded his skill but the guy never took a night off.

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Little OT here but was it Delorme who called out Lafleur after an alcohol related car accident or was that Robert Picard or did I dream all of this?
Robert Picard would not have been in a position to call out anybody.

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Little OT here but was it Delorme who called out Lafleur after an alcohol related car accident or was that Robert Picard or did I dream all of this?
As the story goes, Picard had dinner with him in Thursdays that night. I don't remember much about the aftermath, or comments about player reaction, just Picard talking about what they had drank, and thinking how careful he was to keep everything within limits.

I think that incident sort of set the ball in motion for stories being covered differently as what was discussed in public differed from what was reported. Players were protected then, when maybe a mea culpa would've [rightly or wrongly] defused the situation.

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Didier "Cannonball" Pitre (1909-1923)

and then Gaston Gingras

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Who was the hardest shooting player in Canadiens history?

The only names that I can think of when it comes to this topic are Stephane Richer and Sheldon Souray.

I'm sure you guys can come up with more names and opinions for this question.

One guy I would not overlook is Bobby Rousseau. At about 5'10'' and 170 lbs. he could shoot as hard as anyone I have ever seen.

He took the catching glove off Roger Crozier's hand one night in the old Olympia stadium!

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Wrong! Boom Boom helped master it, but wasn't near the first. Stan Mikita was probably the first to use a curved blade and introduce a real slap shot, the rest were wrist shots.

However.. Alex Shibicky is credited with first using a slapshot. He is attributed with using the first slapshot in a game in 1937.

Heck, you can ask McPhee he was probably there.
Well according to this
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/...n1391635.shtml

and this
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/...8073/slap-shot

and this
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slapshot

He invented it

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05-22-2008, 08:44 PM
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Lemaire had the hardest and most dangerous shot.It had huge movement and was very heavy, and after Bobby Hull, it was most feared in hockey.

Many Habs could shoot in the top quintile in the league,including Shutt, Flower,Lapointe,Robinson.Lapperiere used to have a hard, accurate shot, and he got it away quickly.Gingras was a wild shooter and very erratic,but for a few seasons, he was scary at the point.Richer really could unload a bomb and was as feared at MacInnis at one time.

I dispute that Savage had a great shot;his accuracy was atrocious.

Another guy was Mickey Redmond.He could really zing it.


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Boom-Boom, Lemaire , Cournoyer, the Big M, Lapointe.

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I have a hard time believing that it's anyone but Souray, but hey. What do I know? In the past we probably had players (like Boom Boom) who had decidedly harder shots than others around them, while there are many players nowadays who rip 100+ mph slappers. But in absolute mph terms, have we really had faster than #44?

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I have a hard time believing that it's anyone but Souray, but hey. What do I know? In the past we probably had players (like Boom Boom) who had decidedly harder shots than others around them, while there are many players nowadays who rip 100+ mph slappers. But in absolute mph terms, have we really had faster than #44?
I have to agree with that... the mph gained from the composite sticks, plus the fact that players are bigger and stronger than ever has to mean that Souray shot the hardest in pure MPH terms

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