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Should fighting be banned from hockey?
Sat, October 4, 2008

Should there be fighting in the NHL? As the hockey season approaches, this question, once again, is being asked.

Some say that hockey without fighting is like the Ice Capades. I don't know what they're talking about. I've taken my granddaughter to the Ice Capades, and the fairy ice princess throws a pretty good punch.

We all know the great Rodney Dangerfield line about how he went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.

What's your opinion on fighting in hockey? Should it stay or should it go. Have your say in our forum.

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I feel that if fighting is taken out of hockey at the pro level it will cause spearing, more hitting from behind and shots to the head to even get worse than it currently is.

At the NHL level I think you need to keep it in so that teams can protect there stars like Crosby and Malkin with a tough guy like big George Laraque. They would both be getting run at and have cheap shots taken at them all night. At the NHL level a star like a Crosby could have his season and career go down the drain with a cheap shot to his head or knee.

At the major junior level I can take it or leave it. All leagues under junior should have zero tolerance.
Bill, 2008-04-14 18:44:10

I was a avid hockey fan in Sarnia until all this fighting was allowed, now I wouldnt go if someone paid me to. I like to see nice clean hockey.

Fighting should be banned and furthermore a law enforced that fighting in hockey is no different than fighting on the street. They should go to jail not the penalty box.

If they want to fight send them to Aphghanistan.
Maggie, 2008-04-14 16:49:11

Absolutely & unequivocally Yes!! Anyone fighting should expect to be sent to the showers, end of story on that night!

Something as contrary to sportsmanship, even if woven into the game's fabric, merely cheapens the experience in the eyes of casual onlookers.

This, my friends, is why hockey has a backwoods reputation in the minds of a mainstream sporting public. If not readily understood, what resolve is there but to disregard?
mel, 2008-04-14 16:47:59

No fighting should not be banned from hockey. As long as its 2 players that are willing to fight I feel its a good outlet for there frustration and anger.

If fighting were to be banned the stick work would be even worse as would the hits from behind and the head shots.

The instigator rule has to go. There are to many brave players ( matt cooke comes to mind, he hit vinny lecaviler the last week of the season and seperated his shoulder even though vinny never touched the puck ) that run around and cheap shot the star players that wouldnt even think about doing some of that crap if they knew on there next shift a tough guy would be lining against them and ready to kick there ass.
John, 2008-04-14 16:35:58

No fighting should not be banned from hockey. As long as its 2 players that are willing to fight I feel its a good outlet for there frustration and anger.

If fighting were to be banned the stick work would be even worse as would the cheap shots.

The instigator rule has to go. There are to many brave players ( matt cooke comes to mind, he hit vinny lecaviler the last week of the season and seperated his shoulder even though vinny never touched the puck ) that run around and cheap shot the star players that wouldnt even think about doing some of that crap if they knew on there next shift a tough guy would be lining against them and ready to kick there butt.
John, 2008-04-14 16:29:43

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