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What do you think about the amount of fighting in the NHL?
Sun, February 13, 2011

Hockey Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux ripped the NHL Sunday for going easy on the key combatants in Friday's brawl-filled game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders.

Lemieux rips NHL for brawl fallout



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When was lacrosse more popular than hockey? In the 1700's?
Gordon, 2011-08-27 20:01:24

Fighting? What fighting?

No more Broad Street Bullies, No more Big, Bad Bruins. No more Tie Domi. No more Bob Probert. No more Battle Ship Kelly. No more John Ferguson. No more Mad Dog Kelly, etc.

Today all we have are cheap shot artists, grandstanders.

The horrible INSTIGATOR rule has got to go before someone is killed.
Vince in Ottawa, 2011-03-20 01:53:31

Hockey should take a lesson from Lacrosse, I remember when lacrosse was more popular than hockey but head hitting and violence with the stick killed it but it is starting to come back now.

Look out nhl you could go the same way
Lawrence Main, 2011-03-15 20:19:55

I am as well disgusted with the hit the way it went down and far more disgusted with the NHL how they are handling this matter. I also believe that although the players, like Chara, are professionals and masters of their craft and they constantly try their best in the game and to follow what allowable and EXPECTED by the NHL commission and of course what is expected from them by the biggest extremes hits instigator, Gary Bruce Bettman, the NHL commissioner who in my view he clearly shows that he things Hockey should be the same as the Gladiators fights in the ancient Rome Colosseum, all based on his comments and the past 10 years history. I will call it the "Gary Bruce Bettman syndrom" which has put and will be putting all the players' lives at risk until he is gone and the rules altered.

Yes, hockey is an aggressive and a rough sport game, but it is a WWF sport, neither an ancient Rome gladiators fight. It is a sport to be enjoyed by all fans in as civilized way possible, NOT IN A SUCH AGGRESSIVE WAY FOR A KILL OF THE OPPONENT!

I have always enjoyed playing the and watching sport since I was little, but although it was rough with fights involved, it was a more technical more civil of a game until Gary Bruce Bettman arrived in the scene!

What the hek, we all hockey fans remember the seventies and early eighties when admiring while at the same time (politically driven) hated the Russians and their technical game whenever they were playing with our North American teams! Yes there were fights but not one to kill each other although we hated each other so much for reasons not known to us, except we hated Russia!

Yes, my friends and I are disgusted with the rules that allows and encourages hits like this and its alike (remember Bertuzzi's hit 7 years ago to the day and its alike?). We started a petition to get our true technical hockey game back and get rid of the rules that allow extreme hits like the one upon Pacioretty and YES we will stop watching any NHL games and watch only CHL games until these rules are changed. Make a difference and support our petition to get our game back at : https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hockey-Fans-Disgusted-with-NHL-Commissions-Promotion-of-Violence/195222117165687
Sal Moin, 2011-03-10 14:47:53

After the serious injury cause by Chara's hit the other night i would like to send my comment to the NHL but can<t find a contact info. I believe there should be a no check zone established in the area of the player's bench. 5 min major for any derogation of this rule. You could even call it the Pacioretty Rule .
Burnell Desveaux, 2011-03-10 10:29:05

lets see how mr;campbell is going to give chara for that vicouse hit on montreal player , how many games??? maybe one because his son plays with boston, attempt to injuried ,let see what he is going to give hime,maybe $2500 dollars penalty,
elias, 2011-03-09 01:17:56

I SURE CAN UNDERSTAND TEI DOMI. AND APPLAUSE HIS COMMENT, I HAD A BROTHER WHO WAS KILLED IN A CAR ACCIDENT, ( NO FAULT OF HI OWN. ) WHO PLAYED FOR THE SAINT JOHN MOOSEHEADS BACK IN 1072-1973 , AND HE WAS THERE PROTECTOR. AND I LIVE EVERY DAY WITH NO BROTHER. BUT LIFE MUST GO ON. WHEN SAINT JOHN WON ** THE NATIONAL HARTY CUP ** IT WAS BECAUSE HE KNEW HOW TO USE THE HANDS, AS A LARGE # OF OPPOSING PLAYERS FOUND OUT , AND I HAVE EVERY WRITE UP SINCE HIS UNTIMELY DEATH TO PROVE THEY ONLY WON THE CUP BECAUSE OF MY BROTHER ( BARRY SMITTY SMITH ) 21 YRS OLD. SO TIE , YOU WERE THE BEST AND IGNORE THESE JOKERS WHO HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO ,THAN RUN THERE MOUTHS OFF ABOUT SOMETHING THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT, AND IF THE NEWSPAPER THINKS THIS IS BULLSHIT. E-MAIL ME AND I,LL PROVIDE EVERYTHING I HAVE SAID. AGAIN YOU HAVE ONE PERSON THAT AGREE,S WITH YOU. HAVE A GREAT DAY.
RALPH SMITH, ONT.CANADA, 2011-03-08 07:56:25

Take the fighting out of hockey and the dirtiest player on the ice will be a little sob that can carve your xmas turkey with his stick.


Gordie, 2011-02-17 11:44:38

In the good old days, if you whacked a bully upside the head in the schoolyard, it was stricyly between the two of you. Sometimes, if caught, the punishment was a few wacks of the strap across the hands. No big deal, and few, if any, were ever traumatized by it. NOW, you're expelled, maybe even charges laid. The wimps have taken over the sanatorium.

Hockey is a fast violent sport. No one wants bench-clearing brawls al la Slap Shot anymore, but a good face to face dust up never hurt anyone. If someone does come over the boards, the penalty is a stiff one.

Let the referees do their job. These things are rare now and when they happen they're dealt with adequately.
Pragmatic, 2011-02-16 19:15:26

Hockey is a fast, violent contact sport. Anyone who's played knows your head has to be on a swivel, and you know where certain players are at all times.

Fighting has always been a part of hockey and will never leave unless the league outlaws it.

That's not likely to happen because a good part of those who run the league and hockey fans don't mind a good fight under the right conditions or reasons. That's usually visible during the game or on the play.

It's actually more honorable to drop'em that to spear, slash, or give a headshot.

The problem is not the fighting that occurs spontaneously because of a play or built up emotion or conditions in a game, it's the premeditated stuff, like which happened between the Penguins and Islanders last weekend.

Just the fact the players themselves do not let up on the dirty plays and headshots means that there is no conscient respect shown by many players in the league once the skates are laced up and it's game on.

So while Mario may be 'hypocritical' by his rant, so are the players, coaches, GM's, and those running the League.

It's all a big load of BS.

The rules are there. The ref's have to enforce them - and get it right. The League has to start giving way stiffer suspensions, and fines from the player on up - 100 G's of fine was not a bad start to the Islanders.


From The Cheap Seats, 2011-02-14 20:05:07

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