When Steve Simmons argued for steps to be taken against fighting in the NHL, reader reaction was swift. Here’s a sampling of your thoughts on the issue:
Time to look at equipment, too
I just read you article in today’s Sun.
The question I have is that why, when a fight breaks out, the fans go crazy and everyone is talking about it?
How do you replace that excitement in a game?
More importantly, something should be done about the equipment players wear, especially with the size of the players — they are built like robots.
More injuries — especially concussions — are happening because of a rock-hard elbow pad.
Fighting needs to stay in the game, but the goons who play five minutes a night must go.
Just my thoughts.
Scott CherwatyTime for red cards?
I read your article. The only answer to fighting is to do what other sports do: If players fight, they get a red card and are sent to the dressing room, and the team has to play with one man short.
If this was done in hockey, the teams would soon learn that their teammates are playing shorthanded the remainder of the game. I can’t understand why a player gets sent to the dressing room, then the team puts another player in the penalty box for 10 minutes at the most, but then they play full side again.