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