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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When I was playing in these "non contact men's leagues" the abuse and assaults were endless because all of these players felt invincible because they knew if you fought you got a 3 or 5 game suspension so there was not much fighting. Instead guys were slashing and spearing and the stick work was much more intense. I hated playing in these league because there is only so much of this "toughness " one can take. You must have guys on the ice who can handle the rough stuff because there always seems to be a tough guy or goof on the other team who is just there to cause crap. I was often recruited to play in "non contact "tournaments because the teams all knew that there would always be trouble with at least one team during the tournament.
I did not always have to fight but if something happened on the ice that was stupid, then I would tell the other team that it may get out hand if this stuff continued and often the game would calm down. Sometimes I would have to fight someone who just didn't understand that this game was supposed to be fun. Many times I felt bad about what happened on the ice until my teammates would thank me or praise me for helping or protecting them.
I realized early in life that not all hockey players want to fight or even have the ability to fight , so having the "skill" to fight was a valuable commodity to have. I could play the game as well or better than many of my teammates but being able to protect my friends and players was something that they were grateful for.
Ron Baldwin, 2009-01-16 11:18:00
first thing is cheap shots get rid of... yes of course thats something that is illegal in the sport its not like they promote it its just it happens in the game... second you want them to ban finishing checks what kind of game is that, you sasying if a player dumps a puck or passes it off you cant finish your hit... there
would be a total of two hits a game if that was the case... that takes away the art of forechecking and even in the 50s and 60s they finished checks they just had a little different rules and less padding....
fighting is part of the game and no i dont agree with players being sent out just to try and start a fight but i love seeing a heat of the moment fight or a player protecting his own fight.... they can maybe do what the ohl is doing but to eliminate fighting all together it wont happen....
tyler, 2009-01-16 10:50:45
Assumption- people who want fighting out of hockey don't like fighting. Not true. people who want fighting out of hockey care more for the well being of those too stupid to understand that their safety is at risk and put that above their own personal lust for blood. You can find anyone to do anything if you give them the right incentive and keep them ill informed about all the possible ramifications. How do you think suicide bombers are found?
You need fights to police the game because the refs can't do it. Ha, so improve the reffing and calls. Then people complain about all the penalties.
You need the goons to protect against the infractions on the stars. Seems that all the penalty minutes for this stuff are done by those goons and the only ones fighting are the goons. seems as though they are creating the fear they are protecting. Doesn't it make sense if you get rid of the goons that those infractions they are presumed to be preventing would actually go down a lot?
wayne, 2009-01-16 08:19:18
The TO media is getting way out of hand......
kwhunter, 2009-01-15 18:52:39