This is your weekly reminder that NHL players are the toughest athletes in sports.

Sunday night, the Penguins went back-to-back to win the Stanley Cup for the third time in the Sidney Crosby era.



Keepers of the Cup. #BackToBack #StanleyCup Champions.

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More importantly, though, now that the playoffs are over, the injury details for players are out and the injures a couple Penguins played through are as ludicrous as the other injures we've seen throughout the postseason.

We'll start with Penguins defenceman Ian Cole.  The 28-year-old played just over 18 minutes a game for his team, and he did so with a broken hand and broken ribs since early in the Capitals series (second round).

It was well worth it, though, considering the result of his hard work and toughness.

Nick Bonino, on the other hand, didn't play in the final four games of the series thanks to a broken tibia he suffered in Game 2.

However, after blocking a P.K. Subban blast in the first period of Game 2 (which caused the injury), Bonino somehow played another 11:52 on a broken tibia.

Not only did he play in Game 2, but he attempted to practice to dress for the remaining games.

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Again, it was worth it.

Hockey players are a different breed of athlete and they proved that time and time again throughout the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.

At the end of the day, though, the injuries were nothing compared to winning the Cup and celebrating.



Took a pic last year of Bonino with his new year later....

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(H/T: Josh Yohe)