By John Miner and the Canadian Press
A London anti-violence expert is applauding recommendations from a panel on concussions that call for the elimination of fighting from all levels of hockey.
Peter Jaffe said the report could be the tipping point that changes the culture of the game.
The recommendations, resulting from meetings at the London Hockey Concussion Summit on Jan. 17-18, also calls from an elimination of high hits/head hits.
Does fighting belong in hockey? Is it an integral part of the game, or can the game of hockey survive and thrive with the inclusion of fisticuffs? Have your say in our forum.
Report calls for end to fights
Surface-ice is very unsafe for fighting and kills
The goal of boxing and UFC is to win a prize- hockey is score more goals-you get penalized for fighting and it probably costs a goal
There are rules to protect you in boxing and UFC
None exist in hockey
no where do they bill hockey as a fight filled game or even guarantee a fight.
fighting is more like a traffic accident. Its not supposed to happen but some people get a kick out of others pain and suffering.
wayne, 2009-01-15 00:10:09
When I know that hockey is played throughout the world; yet, fighting within the fabric of the rules exists ONLY in North America at professional ranks, and at a junior level that aspires to produce professionals, then I know Cherry's assertions are simply not true. When I realize that "fine Canadian boys" have realized their goal to play hockey at the highest level, yet ALL risen from minor hockey experiences devoid of fighting until junior ranks, then you have to know that what Cherry says is simply not true.
Fighting is not inherent to the game of hockey. We lose sight of that reality when people, like Don Cherry, are around to exploit the folklore surrounding it. In time, more people are going to come around to understand that what he expounds is simply not true.
Melman33, 2009-01-14 15:14:57