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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%


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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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 01:58 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 %$#&.”


Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 01/18/12 at 03:08 PM ET

Wings_Fan_In_KC's avatar

One word:  KRONWALL.


Posted by Wings_Fan_In_KC from ...somewhere southwest of The Motor City... on 01/20/12 at 02:12 AM ET

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