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
1- It sucks as a sport or art form. How often is there a satisfying outcome for one side or the other? I can watch replays of Hagler/Hearns or Ali/Foreman endlessly, and some of my favourite sports memories are boxing matches at the smoky old Forum in Montreal. Those were good fights.
2- Unlike boxers, who choose to do what they do, and know the full extent of the risks involved, hockey players of any age and any gender should not feel obliged to fight. Hockey players should be able stick to playing the game to the best of their ability. If a smaller, slighter player can survive bodychecking, he or she should be able to play to the highest level of their potential. The World Juniors are a wonderful example of high level hockey that does not require fighting to be successful.
Andy Frank, 2009-01-15 15:57:55
Fighting is the only way to ensure some cheap shot artist is held accountable for his actions
Ron Belding, 2009-01-15 15:44:03
Falling off buildings during construction is an integral part of construction. Don't prevent it. If you don't like it don't get into construction.
Works for me
remember there is no rule that can make it safe for two men to fight on skates standing on ice without head protection on. That head protection is the only thing that prevents death or serious permanent injury (on the job) That protection also makes fights hurt your hands more taking you out of the game.
I was just watching TSN and they had a highlight of a number of fights with one players naked head slamming down on the ice. Wonder how much time before the first NHL death occurs? Lets wait and see. Its an integral part of the game. Its necessary. so a few sacrifices are no problem. Which one of you goes wants to volunteer to be that sacrifice?
wayne, 2009-01-15 15:41:11
1) there are many reasons given for fights
2) explain goalie fighting goalie please?
wayne, 2009-01-15 14:35:14
Sanderson died in a fight, but the same can happen with a clean hit. I think it was Kevin Stevens who a few years back was knocked out by a hit and landed square on his face on the ice. So perhaps they should just come up with better protection for players who for whatever reason cannot protect themselves when their heads are making contact with the ice or boards. While they're at it, protect the neck too. It's only a matter of time before someone is paralyzed sliding headfirst into the boards (unless they implement no-touch icing).
I'm not sure of the best protection but I guessing they could improve the gear and resolve a lot of these issues.
Rick W., 2009-01-15 12:49:45