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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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While I do agree that violence in hockey is part of a dying tradition, it's still part of a TRADITION. Just like brushing a batter off the plate, rushing the mound or knocking over a catcher while sliding into home plate. Hockey has changed for the better in the last five years, but enforcers will never disappear from the game.

The job of an enforcer is to protect his teammates from other enforcers. Todd Fedoruk knew what was coming to him otherwise he wouldn't have been on the ice for the first shift. Enforcers have a deep respect for the game, it's tradition and each other. They know when to give and they know when it's coming to them.

How has this incident become bigger than Chris Simons vicious chop to Ryan Hollwegs throat? Ryan Hollweg has a chance to press criminal charges, but he won’t! Why? Because of respect. Hollweg, an enforcer himself, has respect for the game and players like Simon. Hollweg and Simon know what Simon did was way too much. But there will be no criminal records involved. BECAUSE OF RESPECT FOR THE GAME!

The media has a field day when Roger Clemens throws a broken bat at Mike Piazza. They go crazy when Kobe Bryant throws two elbows during a dying game like basketball. Have you even heard of Clark Gillies, Jeff Beukeboom, Dale Hunter, or Scott Stevens? These are a few of the many enforcers of their time. These days there are only a hand full and you guys want to point them out as bad people and a bad part of the game. Tony LaRussa, Danny Heatley and Ricky Manning Jr., these guys are people you should be pointing out. Not guys who are actually doing what they are being paid to do, THEIR JOBS!

As a sign off, stop pointing out the infrequent problems in hockey and start covering the actual games.
Francis Kaiven, 2007-03-23 10:03:48

Fighting is a necessary aspect in hockey, not because purists want to see it but because it protects players. The Fdoruk -Orr confrontation wednesday was a result of the last game played in February between the two teams. Orr was not suited up and Fdoruk took liberty on every Ranger player whether on the puck or off. With out someone to challenge him he ran wild. Thats why an enforcer is so important. Not because people want to see fighting but because someone has to be there for protection.
Joe Poehlman, 2007-03-23 10:00:08

I believe the threat of fighting actually keeps the overall play cleaner (more respect for goalies and star players, less stick work etc). The game is already far better with respect to fighting but to remove it totally would probably result in more injuries...especially to the star players?
john, 2007-03-23 09:38:32

I'm 55, and I've been a hockey fan all my life. The best games I ever saw did not have any fights in them. There is no way it should be part of the game. A goon with marginal talents should not be taking a spot that could be filled by a kid with better abilities. The beauty of the game is speed, fluidity, and creative play-making. Good, hard checks are a big part of it, as long as they are clean. Come down hard on the guys who head-hunt, and make obvious attempts to injure another player. If they drop the gloves and fight, it should be an automatic major, and game misconduct. The third time a player gets into a fight in a season he should be suspended for two games. Do it again, and the suspension doubles in length. Keep doubling it for his whole career, until he gets the message. Let the self-proclaimed "hockey" fans who love fighting go to the bars to watch the games, and entertain themselves. I prefer to see a couple of skating teams put on a show.
Roy, 2007-03-23 07:03:19

then watch women's hockey..seriously..there's no need for the nhl to emulate other sports..it's part of the game
dave, 2007-03-22 22:03:32

The only team sport that allows fighting is hockey. I think it is barbaric. Every play in football has physical contact and yet you are ejected if you fight. I enjoy good fast clean hockey, but I am turned off by the fighting. Obviously someone enjoys it as the sports stations highlights feature fights all the time (more than they show goals)
Gary, 2007-03-22 20:27:17

"Does fighting belong in the NHL?"

No it doesn't but it's not going away....

because the Players have a win at all

costs attitude and a lack of respect

common in alot of sports these days.


Alec Goudreau, 2007-03-22 20:22:25

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