Brian Fahey Wins Hardest Shot Competition

On January 31, 2011, in Interview, News, by Ian Oland

Photo by Brian Mills

Brian Fahey's third shot was the winner. (Photo credit: Kyle M.)

Three weeks ago when the AHL All-Star Rosters were announced, Lawrence Nycholat was voted in as a starter. But due to an upper body injury that he re-aggravated Thursday night, he had to pull out of the game.

With All-Star weekend fast-approaching, the league turned to Brian Fahey to fill the void. Fahey, who has played 7 games for the Capitals and has notched 17 points in 34 games with the Bears this year, has consistently produced when called upon. So it was fitting for him to be a last-minute replacement and shine in today’s AHL Skills Competition.

Fahey competed in the “Sher-Wood Puck Control Relay,” but it was the “Reebok Hardest Shot” competition where he shined.

Despite having his first shot ding off the post and his second miss the net entirely, the judges awarded Fahey a third attempt. On his third and final shot, Brian got all of the puck and had his howitzer clocked in at 96.9 MPH. Hershey fans screamed in delight.

SHOE’s Ian Oland spoke to Brian after the skills competition concluded and Fahey described what it felt like to win and what his time has been like in Hershey an DC.