NHL players vote Bruins D Zdeno Chara as the league’s hardest hitter

NOTE: This NHL Players Poll appears on page 17 of the Jan. 23 issue, on newsstands now.

Who is hockey’s hardest hitter?

  1. Zdeno Chara, Bruins D….18%
  2. Jordin Tootoo, Predators RW….15%
  3. Cal Clutterbuck, Wild RW….11%
  4. Douglas Murray, Sharks D….10%
  5. Dion Phaneuf, Leafs D….8%

[Based on 193 NHL players who responded to SI’s survey]

FAST FACTS: Chara may be feared in the East, where he has played his entire career, but Western Conferencers voted Tootoo and Murray (15% each) as the heaviest hitters…. The top 10 vote-getters average 6′ 2″ in height; Chara, of course, is 6′ 9″…. Of the 15 players who received more than one vote, the Senators’ Chris Neil (2.1%) has the most penalty minutes (82, ninth in the NHL)…. In a similar poll on Facebook, SI readers also named Chara (38%) the hardest hitter, just ahead of Red Wings D Niklas Kronwall (31%).


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