There is no doubt hockey is one of the toughest sports to play.
Both teams battle like gladiators on ice, trying to do whatever they possibly can to score goals and win the game. The incredibly hard hits, head shots, fights and pucks flying at high speeds make hockey one of the most exciting sporting events to watch.
In the NHL, blood is shed, teeth are lost and bones are broken. But these players love the game they play, and a little bruise or a couple stitches is not going to keep them off the ice for long.
Here is a ranking of the 25 best tough-guy pictures in the history of the NHL.