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Hard Hitters

via Sports Illustrated,

Who is hockey’s hardest hitter?

Zdeno Chara, Bruins D 18%
Jordin Tootoo, Predators RW 15%
Cal Clutterbuck, Wild RW 11%
Douglas Murray, Sharks D 10%
Dion Phaneuf, Leafs D 8%

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%).

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

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Comments

Primis's avatar

Tootoo is only on that list because the players know every single one of his hits is dirty as %$#&.

I like how the players say Phaneuf is overrated, and then proceed to vote for him in other categories… morons.

Posted by Primis on 01/18/12 at 02:58 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

“Tootoo is only on that list because the players know every single one of his hits is dirty as %$#&.”

This.

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 01/18/12 at 04:08 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

I love the omission of Kronwall.. I don’t think any single player has had more devastating hits the past couple seasons than him and he’s been on a real roll this year.  He doesn’t pull himsefl out of position to put everything into every hit, but ounce for ounce his hits though fewer are more devistating

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/18/12 at 07:51 PM ET

Wings_Fan_In_KC's avatar

One word:  KRONWALL.

Done.

Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 01/20/12 at 03:12 AM ET

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