Some excellent nominations, including Buchberger (9th round pick, nearly 1200 games) and the Sutters. I am surprised, however, that no one has bothered to mention Gordie Howe. The man played until he was 51!
Not to knowck a great majority of the players mentioend above, but it's a bit ridiulous that some of the games greats haven't been mentioned.
What made players like Gretzky, Orr, Clarke, Bourque, etc. etc. is that every game was important, every game they strove to and demanded greatness from themselves.
Well I think the majority of the players named in this thread are the ones that, when you think "hard work" you think of them. It's what defined them. They're the ones that made it with limited talent, but limitless heart. Hard Work isn't what comes first to mind when you think of Gretzky, Orr etc., although it was a big part of their game, their talent is what people remember most.
McKay is OFF the Radar from a Montreal Fan point of view. Perhaps he was with the Devils, but he was not working at all with the Habs and i dont think you gonna find a lot of Mtl Fans to argue with that.
Steve Yzerman, thats why he's one of the greatest captain of all time.
What does that have to do with being hardworking? Yzerman isn't even close to the top.
The question of who is hardest working is unanswerable. What do you mean by hard working? How do you know when someone is working as hard as he can?
If I hate to pick a good candidate, though, I'd rate the hardest working player as Jagr, at least the young Jagr. His training programme was legendary: 500 sit ups a day, running up and down stadium seats for hours, etc.
Jonathan Cheechoo. Started late, is catching up quickly (skating) and he never gives up on a play either. Hence his between his legs goal in the PO's against COL. I think his committment level can only be matched.