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Does fighting belong in hockey?
Tue, February 10, 2009

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.

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differences between fighting in hockey and UFC

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

the odd scrap in the game is okay, what is not okay is two players who don't see icetime pair up and start fighting really for no reason, they haven't even been in the game. I:ve seen players get seriously hurt not from punches but from falls, getting cut by skates, It;s in the gane , it shouldn't be completely banned, but it shouldn't be encourage. They best hockey I enjoy every year is the World Junior Championships, hard hitting and play the game to score goals
pete b, 2009-01-14 18:47:58

omg , we might as well take fighting out of boxing and ufc as well ... i mean someone could get hurt. so if there is no fighting and your players are getting run at...hmm you do nothing and let the blind officials give them a penalty? bs ... go watch soccer and figure skating if you dont like hockey fights , its tradition..go pick on bull fighters that injure the bull first. teach people how not to fall on thier heads and how to wear equiptment if you want it safer. peace out.
jeff, 2009-01-14 18:47:42

ok fighting is party of our sport today and it will stay there.... if its apart of the biggest league of hockey then its apart of the game... of course you dont wanna hear people getting seriously hurt cause of it but you can get a serious injury in every aspect of the game. so no fighting will stay in the sport for good
tyler, 2009-01-14 17:30:51

Fighting is not hockey. There are no fighting drills in practice. End of story.
Tim, 2009-01-14 16:49:50

fighting doesn't belong anywhere in society, but saying that fighting has been a part of the sport for gererations and generations so its a part of the sport, does spitting or chewing tobacco good for baseball? No, but its still done anyhow, is drinking out alcohol out of a cup showing whats right No, but its accepted, so i say let fighting stay.
jimf, 2009-01-14 16:47:33

Take the hitting from behind out of hockey, NOT FIGHTING here we go again. The NHL instituted the instigator rule which clearly increased the players running star players. Now would Gretzky have had the success without McSorley. I say no Because they would have run the skinny little kid through the end of the rink. Stop the fighting and star players will drop like flys. i am tired of the do gooders trying to ruin the sport. When a fight breaks out I don't see everyone in the rink sitting on their hands. They all stand up and cheer. Don Cherry is almost always right add helmets and guys will high stick. Take out fighting and good luck to the skill players getting run through the boards
bill, 2009-01-14 16:22:04

I hate it when I hear something that is simply not true. I hate it when Don Cherry makes a claim about fighting being essential to hockey, when I know it's simply not true.

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

These guys get paid millions and are supposed to be Pros, do you see lawyers,doctors ,accountants fighting.. its how well you play the game ,not a boxing match. I ask this last month a junior player died weeks after a fight hitting his head on the ice, that could happen in the NHL ,now is that worth the chance ? Hardly not, lets get back to the skills and not wrestling . If something happens like it did in Junior Hockey you would see the NHL step up and stop this. Why wait ..
Bond 007, 2009-01-14 14:48:42

Ridiculous... I don't know a single hockey fan who doesn't like hockey fights.
John Hiker, 2009-01-14 14:29:28

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