Growing up in the south in 70's/80's, I know nothing about ice hockey other than occasionally watching the Hurricanes. However, I believe that Hockey players are probably the best athletes in the world. What those guys do while skating on ice, to me is incredible! Maybe, some of the guys who know or played Hockey could comment further? BTW, I played football, wrestled and played baseball in HS and a little in college. Of those sports, without a doubt the hardest as far as strength and conditioning was wrestling. Next, the ability to hit a baseball takes skill. While football was my favorite and I was more successful at it, it wasn't that difficult and you didn't have to be the smartest, fastest or in the best shape to play it.