Jets players: Fighting has place in hockey

Jets winger Chris Thorburn (left) and Oilers centre Eric Belanger fight during second period NHL...

Jets winger Chris Thorburn (left) and Oilers centre Eric Belanger fight during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Tuesday. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports)

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:39 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Despite the injury suffered by Montreal Canadiens enforcer George Parros on the NHL’s opening night, Winnipeg Jets defenceman Zach Bogosian is adamant that fighting should remain part of the game.

“Fighting should always be in hockey, no matter what,” Bogosian said Wednesday, a day after the Jets opened the season with a 5-4 win in Edmonton.

“If they take fighting out of the game, it will be a whole different dynamic and it won’t be the same. Because you’ll get guys running around who play a lot tougher than they normally would. It’s good, it keeps everyone honest.”

Parros was knocked unconscious and taken off on a stretcher after he hit his face on the ice at the end of a fight with Toronto’s Colton Orr.

He suffered a concussion, an injury many fighting opponents point to as a reason to ban scraps from the game.


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