Gordie Howe once said of Fern Flaman "the toughest defenseman I ever played against." Flaman's strength was legendary, in part due to his off season job.
There were no huge contracts back in Flaman's day. He, like most of the players, had to find a summer job to supplement their hockey income. So days after hoisting the Stanley Cup above his head in 1951, Flaman returned home to Boston (where he spent most of the previous seven seasons) to take up his regular summer job - lugging beer barrels.
No wonder why he was so strong.