After the presentation of each Stanley Cup, we begin to hear the stories of the players on the championship teams who battled through bruises, muscle pulls, separated shoulders and other injuries in order to bring home the title.
That is because to win a Cup, you've got to be tough.
That's not to say that dropping the gloves every night automatically gets you to the big dance. Being tough in hockey doesn't mean fisticuffs, necessarily.
It means killing penalties. It means blocking shots. It means throwing around the body in an effective, disciplined manner.
The teams that do these things can be among the most successful. Here is a look at the toughness of each team in the NHL, regardless of skill, talent and coaching.