Chara/By S. Bradley

Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has been a perennial All-Star, a Norris Trophy winner and a Stanley Cup champion during his lengthy NHL career.

And his peers continue to grant him the utmost respect.

According to the 2011-12 Hockey Night in Canada/NHLPA poll, Chara was voted as both the “toughest defenseman to play against” and as the player with the “hardest shot” (which has been scientifically proven).

Chara wasn’t the only Bruins player to earn accolades in the poll. Center Patrice Bergeron was voted the “most underrated players” and winger Milan Lucic won the vote for “toughest player.”