The NHL is a tough league for tough men. Sometimes, however, players slip through the cracks.
Like any professional sport, pro hockey has its fair share of whiners, divers and crybabies. They are by no means representative of the majority of players, but they are a part of the game.
Let's take a look at the 15 biggest crybabies in the NHL today.
Ottawa fans know all too well how much of a whiner Dany Heatley can be.
Heatley's constant selfish attitude was enough of a handful, but when the superstar demanded a trade shortly after receiving a huge signing bonus, Sens fans labeled him a crybaby. And for good reason.
He has definitely toned it down, but it is tough to shed a label like that once it's given.
Poor Roberto Luongo. He just wants his tires pumped. Is that so much to ask?
In all honestly, Luongo is a head case. When things are going well, Luongo is among the best in the business, but when things turn south, Big Lou has a tough time snapping out of his struggles.
Luongo's incessant complaining in the Stanley Cup Finals further cemented his status on this list.
Alain Vigneault is always whining about something. Whether it be his own team, the officials or the dirty play of the opposition, Vigneault always finds something to complain about.
Alex Burrows cast himself in a bad light on the biggest stage in hockey this past spring during the Stanley Cup Finals.
In addition to biting someone, Burrows complained to the officials about every little call that didn't go his way.
P.K. Subban has rubbed veterans the wrong way during the early part of his NHL career. His arrogant attitude and consistent complaining make him the epitome of a crybaby.
Players who holdout for big bucks can be annoying. However, it's even more annoying when that player has done nothing to warrant the salary he demands. Kyle Turris is a prime example of that.
Mike Richards could never handle the Philadelphia media. He was always short with them and couldn't even handle a relationship with Peter Laviolette and Chris Pronger.
There is a reason he was traded this offseason.
Alexander Semin is a problem in the locker room. Maybe he's not always a crybaby, but his selfish attitude definitely borders on immature.
Sidney Crosby has matured a ton over the years, but an enormous amount of the NHL's fan base still considers him a crybaby.
I think the criticism is unfair, but that does not change the common public perception.
Trade demands and nagging injuries have plagued Jeff Carter's career. Just or not, that combination earns a player the label of crybaby.
Ryan Miller can be incredibly vocal. I believe his complaints of Milan Lucic's hits were well-warranted, but that does not change the perception that Miller is a whiner.
Alex Kovalev refuses to realize that his skills have diminished greatly. Last season, Kovalev was constantly complaining with the Penguins coaching staff.
Now, after a career of whining in the NHL, Kovalev has returned to his native country of Russia to play in the KHL.
Daniel Alfredsson is notorious for his whining and diving. He has matured a bit over the years, but it's tough to shed the label once it's there.
Mike Ribeiro is the crybaby of all crybabies. He is one of the most dramatic divers the league has ever seen. The guy truly is shameless.
Maxim Lapierre is another diver to add to this list. Lapierre is always looking for a call from the officials, whether he is diving or shooting his mouth off.
He always seems to find a way to get under everyone's skin.