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
It's the brainless goons whose sole purpose is to go out for 4 or 5 minutes during the game and seek out fights.
This should be eliminated, but not honest fights from REAL hockey player.
gordholio, 2009-02-05 01:51:18
Sure, there might be a time to do that, but not every bloody game - or 3 or 4 times a game.
One fight and you're gone for 20 minutes. Second fight, you're out of the game.
gordholio, 2009-02-05 01:49:09
There are plenty of guys in the minors who are better than Georges Laraque, etc. and can still throw the occasional punch.
The main point should be skating, passing and stickhandling, not how hard you punch.
gordholio, 2009-02-05 01:46:35
For the players to keep the gloves on during a fight to negate the need to take off the helmet? You can't be serious.
Do you have any idea what's in those gloves, in particular where the knuckles and fingers are? Do you have any idea what damage can be done to a face with these gloves? There are reasons why the players have to take off the gloves to fight, for crying out loud. You have no clue, man... none whatsoever.
Paul, 2009-01-27 14:55:30
Guys like former Senator Brian McGratton... Donald Brashear... guys whose only purpose playing the game is to fight because they do not have the skills to contribute in any other way, the guys who might suit up the regular season but don't even play the playoffs... these guys have to go.
It's expected to see a fight every once in a while - even greats like Gordie Howe got into fights (ever hear of a Gordie How hat-trick?).
Heat of the moment fights are normal... get rid of the guys who only get out there on the ice to do so. How do get rid of them, I do not know, but these guys are the main cause of this discussion in the first place.
Paul, 2009-01-27 14:48:13
They're all part of hockey... as is fighting.
If you want to clean up the game, ban Chris Pronger's elbows!
Quit trying to change a game that has been great for a century.
Probert, 2009-01-25 10:50:08