For athletes, the fight to get to the top of the mountain beats deep within their soles. That competitiveness and drive is what got them to the game's highest level, and it's what gets them from being a professional athlete to being a superstar.
It's also what keeps them there.
These 50 NHL stars have done their time and proven countless critics wrong. Each one of them has fought through it all to get to the top and become one of the best players in the game.
Now we get to see what each of them is made of. Are they going to keep pushing now that they are on top or fade into the sunset, satisfied with their work.
Some of the younger stars on this list are just getting started, while plenty of aging veterans are living on borrowed time.
So let's break it down player by player to find out if each of these men has his best years behind him or in front of him.