You have to pay the price to win the Stanley Cup. Ask the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In the aftermath of the black and gold being crowned champs in back-to-back seasons, we're learning how beat up the squad that dispatched the Nashville Predators in six games truly was.
Defenseman Ian Cole, a key member of the unheralded Pittsburgh defense, played most of the postseason hurt.
Hockey players, right?
Cole played 17:43 in Sunday's deciding game, including 3:50 shorthanded. Dude's a gamer, clearly. He finished the playoffs with nine assists in 25 games, averaging 18:50 in ice time.
The Penguins played a lot of hockey this spring, needing seven games in rounds two and three to advance to the Cup Final.
That awesome NHL commercial is right, in other words: Every letter is earned on the Stanley Cup. Including "C-o-l-e."