The 10 Most Inspirational Hockey Players of All Time

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The 10 Most Inspirational Hockey Players of All Time
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"The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his/her life will be." -Horace Bushnell

As fans, we often debate amongst ourselves the "fairness" of sports—a play, a call, an individual, a team or, more commonly, an outcome.

For whatever reason, people view the ends as more important than the means.

We can talk about whether something is fair, but as I was taught growing up that fair has less to do with the moment or a situation than how you respond to it.

There have been times in hockey's history where the sport and its players have come upon what most of us would call "unfair" paths. They had to travel roads that were far tougher to navigate than even the one that leads to hockey's hallowed Cup. 

Here are 10 inspiring players who didn't look for those paths to build character, but instead used them to reveal theirs.

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