The NHL is full of warriors. By the time these warriors reach the age of retirement, they've been through enough battles to last a lifetime.
So what makes them still have the itch to compete?
For many, the rink is all they've ever known. From mini-van trips for Bantam tournaments to Stanley Cup appearances, hockey has been the center of these players' worlds for, in many cases, close to 40 years.
That means it's not that easy for most to stay away from the game for very long. Some turn to coaching and/or management, while others turn to broadcasting.
It's rare to see a retired NHL player who's not still somehow involved in hockey, even at its lowest levels.
Dale Hunter recently stepped down as coach of the Washington Capitals to resume his post in juniors as the head man for the OHL's London Knights.
What other sport would see a former player-turned-coach at the highest level voluntarily go back to a lower one?
With all of these things said, let's look at five retired players whose competitive itch could still be satisfied by actually coming back to lace them up.