It's one thing to have the willingness to compete and a high enough battle level for a player to drop his gloves and fight in the NHL.
It's quite another thing to be good at it.
When players square off, there's always a chance for real damage to be done. Superb athletes who are in the prime of their athletic careers bring strength and anger to the battle. That combination makes for a dangerous fighter.
But when the fighter also has skill and knowledge, that's when he can conduct himself comfortably in a hockey fight.
The other guy may be just as big and strong, but when a hockey player has skills in the fistic arts, he becomes a very dangerous customer.
Here's our look at the top fighters in the game.
(Fight stats are courtesy of HockeyFights.com.)