Hockey players are some of the best athletes in the world.

To be successful in the NHL, players need a combination of speed, strength, power, and agility—not to mention sheer skating and stickhandling skills. Whether they're flying down the ice to stop a breakaway or cutting through defenders to get to the net, hockey players need to be in top physical form to outlast their opponents.

Finding players with that mix of talent helps separate the good teams from the playoff teams—and contenders from Stanley Cup champions.

Here’s a look at are the fittest and most athletic players in the NHL for the 2016-17 season.