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
Not because I think it's too violent, or bad for the sport. Rather, much like a sloppy street brawl, hockey gives the art of fighting a black eye.
Combat sports are the ultimate test of wills between two competitors. Sullying the art of fighting by parading it around in hockey is akin to allowing Uwe Boll to direct a remake of Casablanca.
Neil, 2009-01-14 14:25:17
Fighting in hockey should be the least of our worries.All the do gooders should get a reality check !
JohnBoy, 2009-01-14 12:54:05
Just watched the junior championships. Amazing entertaining hockey with no fights.
Just watched the leafs lose to montreal the other night. When there was no hope of winning what happened? The hockey ended and the fights broke out and fans started to leave. Who stayed? not the hockey fans but the fight fans. Who did the leafs just pick up and start to play more? An older tough guy. When the hockey stops the fights start. If you can't beat them at hockey then beat them up. Time to make hockey a professional sport rather than a playground bully wins ameteur sport.
Europe is starting to pull players away from the NHL because they can offer the money now. Wonder how many hockey players will leave for it because they want to play hockey not get in goon matches. If the NHL keeps it up the quality of play will start to erode and go to europe and all the will be left with is fighters.
wayne, 2009-01-14 08:43:41
But when two goons square off even before the start of a game or period. or mere seconds into it, throw them both out for the remainder of the game.
At any other time, it isn't hard for a referee or linesman to determine who started a fight - toss that one out for the rest of the game.
Toss players who start fights because someone "bumped" their goalie - especially when the goalie goes into a # 10 dive.
In other words, don't ban fighting - just make the idiots think before starting one needlessly.
Gary O., 2009-01-13 16:27:03