Players Vote Lucic Toughest In NHL, Bergeron Most Underrated

BOSTON (CBS) — There are millions of hockey critics in the world, but if you want to get the best analysis, what better source than the players themselves?

Those players participated in an NHLPA poll asking them about their peers, and among the many results, Milan Lucic was voted as the toughest player in the league with 20 percent of the votes.

The runners-up? Zdeno Chara with 17 percent and Shawn Thornton with 11 percent.

Lucic wasn’t the only Bruins player to receive a superlative mark from his peers, either. Patrice Bergeron was voted as the most underrated player, and Zdeno Chara was voted as being the toughest defenseman to play against and having the hardest shot.

Also of note, 98 percent of the players polled said that fighting should not be banned from hockey. The instigator rule had a weaker hold among players, with just 53 percent of players voting to abolish the rule.

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