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Wendel Clark: The Code a 'blurred line' in hockey

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Wendel Clark administers justice upon Los Angeles Kings puncher Marty...

Toronto Maple Leafs winger Wendel Clark administers justice upon Los Angeles Kings puncher Marty McSorley. (QMI Agency)

JOHN MATISZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:02 PM ET

Many in the hockey world drop to one knee and draw a line in the sand whenever The Code is brought up in conversation.

The Code, of course, is the collection of unwritten rules surrounding fighting in hockey. It can become a topic as polarizing as the notion of tanking in basketball – one side defends the integrity of the game, while the other follows a more forward-thinking approach that looks past tradition.

Players have an equal right to both engage in fisticuffs and turn down an offer to fight, the one side argues. Respect for the game and its long-standing reliance on retribution through fighting trumps all, the other party contests.

Toronto Maple Leafs folk hero Wendel Clark, on the other hand, isn’t so sure The Code should be such a black-and-white issue.

“The Code is a blurred line. It’s always moving,” Clark said in an interview with QMI Agency this week.


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