Andreychuk reminds us of what Teddy Roosevelt said about how to walk and what to carry. He may not brawl with the enforcers who challenge him—and thereby play into their hands—but he stands up to them in his own stolid way. "Toughness has nothing to do with fighting," says New Jersey Devil defenseman Ken Daneyko. "I've cross-checked Andreychuk pretty hard over the years, and he's always come back for more. That's toughness."
All Andreychuk wants is to help his team win, night after night. And since coming to Toronto, that's all he has done. As he reflects on his blossoming as a Leaf, he laughs. "Not everything has changed," he says. "I'm still as fast as wood."