Glass: Plenty of room for fighting in NHL

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:34 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Even if the days of the heavyweight enforcer are in the past, Winnipeg Jets forward Tanner Glass says there is still plenty of room for players who are willing to drop the gloves.

“(Fighting) is still a big part of the game,” Glass said after Jets’ practice Monday. “It’s not necessarily used as much to police the game as it used to be. I’d like to see it used more. The instigator rule changed the way fighting is used. The days of the big heavyweight enforcer are a bit dated.”

Glass, who fought 10 times as a member of the Vancouver Canucks last season, said players like having fighting in the game because it keeps people honest.

“If a dirty play happens or someone goes after a top player, it’s nice to know that you’ve got a guy on your team that is willing to stand up for his teammates,” Glass said.

As for the issue of fighting causing head injuries, Glass thinks it’s overblown.

“Guys do get concussions from fighting but I think it’s more from those hits where you don’t see a guy coming,” Glass said. “That’s more dangerous. When two guys are going at it on the ice, I don’t think it’s very dangerous at all.”


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