SUN Hockey Pool

Formerly a Not, Jagr now a Hot

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

The most selfish National Hockey Leaguer in the eyes of the media two years ago is now the players' choice as most valuable player.

Jaromir Jagr's epiphany in New York is just one example of how the lockout has turned the game upside down since the most recent Toronto Sun Who's Hot/Who's Not Hockey Poll in 2004.

A year off and a new-look league have given our panel of 30 players and media a whole new set of issues and concerns, though we have retained some popular, thought-provoking and off-beat slices of the five-year-old poll.

Among the highlights:

- Jagr was picked as the likely Hart and Pearson Trophy winner by his peers.

- Alexander Ovechkin is the most exciting player, say those covering the sport.

- Kings pest Sean Avery topped the hate hit list of both players and media.

- Players want no-touch icing, but also wish to get their hands on the guy who decided shooting the puck into the crowd is a penalty.

- Sergei Gonchar of the Penguins is the media's pick as the league's most over-rated player.

- The Tragically Hip have held sway as top dressing room music choice and Winnipeg and Las Vegas are desirable foster homes for relocated teams.

Our media voters include Toronto Sun hockey columnist Al Strachan, Sun writers Lance Hornby, Mike Zeisberger and Terry Koshan, Darren Dreger and Scott Morrison from Rogers Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman from Hockey Night In Canada, Pierre LeBrun from Canadian Press and The Score, plus hockey writers from the Sun Media chain and prominent American newspapers.

The players came from clubs such as Toronto, Buffalo, Florida, Edmonton, Boston, Carolina, Ottawa, Minnesota, San Jose, New Jersey and Los Angeles.


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