Toughness. We hear about it all the time in hockey.
Toughness is one of the all-important attributes that are believed to be an essential ingredient to any successful team.
Players are praised for it while coaches are often expected to bring it out of their teams.
The problem with toughness, however, is that there isn't a singular definition of it.
Toughness is a very vague concept. Different people tend to have very different perceptions of what toughness is.
Some people argue that toughness is all about size, strength and a willingness to inflict pain on the opposition. They think it's about fighting and intimidation.
Others believe toughness has more to do with determination and the willingness to fight through pain in order to succeed. They would argue that true toughness is exhibited in those players who are willing to sacrifice their bodies in front of the net rather than those making it painful for them.
I will focus on this second definition of toughness, as I list the toughest players of the eight remaining playoff teams.