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Does fighting belong in the NHL?
Fri, March 23, 2007

(CP) - It's time to look at the issue of fighting in the NHL, says the league's disciplinarian.

"I think it's time to ask the question," Colin Campbell told The Canadian Press on Thursday. "I think you have to ask the question because of what's happening out there. It's incumbent on me, because of my position, to ask the question."

The latest evidence in the case against fighting was Todd Fedoruk being stretchered off the ice Wednesday night.

Fedoruk injury renews debate



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After they get rid of fighting, hitting will be next someone could get hurt. Then that puck really hurts, change that to a soft ball. Then, skating is really fast someone could fall. etc. etc.

Good luck NHL keep catering to non hockey fans...it is really working. WOW look at those fantastic ratings.
Paul, 2007-03-26 10:04:58

Whether it's fighting, hitting from behind, a stick or elbow to the head, it's an attempt to injure the oponent. The penalty should be "Intent to Injure" and should receive a game misconduct. Further incidents during the rest of the season should result in game/s, season and life suspensions.
Michael Hutt, 2007-03-26 09:34:53

Many people love hockey because of the fighting. People who say fighting doesn't belong in the game are simply trying to change the game in order to appeal to the American fans who do not watch it (i.e. make more money). Its time the NHL accepted the fact that hockey isn't going to surpass baseball or football down south of the border. Keep the game the way the real fans like it or else you will loose that fan base also.
David Matthews, 2007-03-26 09:30:53

The whole point, Roy, is that by suppressing fighting, there will be more "criminal offences" by cheap shot artists. Go watch some other sport if you don't like it. You do have a choice.
Ward Moroz, 2007-03-26 09:20:41

I am 54 years old, a NHL hockey dan for over 35. Yes, fighting has a place in hockey. It is the "great equalizer". It goes a long way toward the sport policing itself. I did not condone the Chris Simon response to Ryan Hollweig's "cheap shot" check from behind into the glass, but with no penalty what did anyone expect? I saw Hollweig deliver the same dirty check 2 days later in Pittsburgh...some things never change. As to the Brashear/McSorley incident a few years ago, dirty players ask for dirty responses. An enforcer is necessary to protect star players from cheap shot artists such as Brendan Witt or Jason Blake with their high sticks, slashes, etc. A good clean fight (not sucker punches) adds excitement to a lopsided game. Leave the sport the way its been forever.

Vince Gori

Clairton, PA
Vince Gori, 2007-03-24 12:01:34

the Toronto buffalo game on March 23 was a good example of a game with no fights one team high sticked the other team and the officals wouldn't call a penalty because the Sabres are in

First and Toronto is in Eleventh without an enforcer!
roger russell, 2007-03-24 10:59:24

I don't understand why so much attention is suddenly being focussed on fighting! Look what has happened with the instigater penalty. Many players have either been concussed (example-Kaberle) or had knee on knee injuries because of dirty play because they can get away with it without fear of retribution. This happens due to the fact that the offenders realize they will not be punished due to the fighting deterrent and the fact that suspensions, if any, are laughable.

Colin Cambell should either elevate the suspensions for these offences to a much greater level or get rid of the instigater rule. Once a pugilist himself, I think he is now a hypocrit. In his time, as now, fighting was and is needed to self police the game.
Ward Moroz, 2007-03-24 10:52:17

Fighting certainly belongs in hockey! It is the only way to keep the stickwork down and control the cheap shots. Fighters fight - skaters, skate.

If you need proof, just go to a AJHL game and note all the stickwork - looks like a woodchoppers ball!
Garry, 2007-03-24 10:28:14

The whole point, Dave, is that fighting is unacceptable, on or off the ice. Hockey is a GAME!! Games are played by children, in preparation for becoming adults. Deliberately attempting to inflict an injury on another person is a criminal act off the ice; we put people who do it in jail (sometimes. Not often enough, or long enough!) The Romans used violence for entertainment; it made them weak, and vulnerable to the barbarians who slaughtered them in the end. Children learn more from what they see than from what we say. If we want them to ever grow up, we must show them that we have. Real strength is born of restraint, not by letting the dogs out.
Roy, 2007-03-24 09:14:22

all you had to do is watch the belak-jannsen fight, did the crowd boo or did it sound like they dont like fighting . come on wake up, anybody can get hurt by a hit or stick do you take them out of the game. no. and by the way did you TURN the tv or your head during that fight. i dont think so!!!like the other person said watch womens hockey or maybe golf or bowling, they might have more excitement in them.
red, 2007-03-24 08:42:44

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