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Yzerman, other GMs call for harsher fighting penalties

Steve Yzerman, general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, speaks to the media in January 2013....

Steve Yzerman, general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, speaks to the media in January 2013. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

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, Last Updated: 4:18 PM ET

At least three NHL general managers -- and arguably the most respected coach in league history – are in favour of ridding the league of fighting.

After witnessing Montreal Canadiens enforcer George Parros face-plant Tuesday night at the tail end of a tussle with Colton Orr of the Toronto Maple Leafs, influential executives offered strong opinions on the subject in interviews with TSN.

“Yes, I believe a player should get a game misconduct for fighting,” Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman said. “We penalize and suspend players for making contact with the head while checking, in an effort to reduce head injuries, yet we still allow fighting.”

Added Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford: “We’ve got to get rid of fighting, it has to go.”

Penguins GM Ray Shero also chimed in on the hot-button issue.

“It won’t happen overnight, but we do need to be leaders, not followers in this area.”

Yzerman’s old bench boss and the NHL's all-time wins leader, Scotty Bowman, posted his views on Twitter Wednesday.

“I support views of Steve Yzerman Ray Shero and Jim Rutherford on their opinions for Addressing most Fighting Issues,” Bowman said. “Poll all players.”


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