Players don't want fighting banned

, Last Updated: 5:50 PM ET

MIKE FISHER, Ottawa Senators forward

“I think the fans for the most part enjoy (fighting). It keeps guys honest, too. If you take out fighting, there's going to be more stick penalties, there's going to be more guys taking head shots ... there's a little bit of policing with fighting in the game. It helps, I think."

CLIFF FLETCHER, Toronto Maple Leafs executive

"It seems to me that people involved in the game (at the NHL level) believe it's part of the game and the players seem to think it's part of the game.

When you go to the rink some nights and see a fight, it's very spontaneous and there is often a positive reaction from the fans. But fighting's an issue that's going to have to be monitored in our league on an on-going basis.

MIKE FISHER, Ottawa Senators forward

“I think the fans for the most part enjoy (fighting). It keeps guys honest, too. If you take out fighting, there's going to be more stick penalties, there's going to be more guys taking head shots ... there's a little bit of policing with fighting in the game. It helps, I think."

NICK FOLIGNO, Ottawa Senators forward

"It's obviously unfortunate with what happened to that guy, you never want to see that, but I think that's one instance out of what, a million? It's about guys protecting themselves. Fighters know how to fight, and they know the risk that's involved when they do. It's just part of the game, and if you take that out of the game there's a lot of dimensions that will be gone."

DAVID MOSS, Calgary Flames forward

"Any time there's a tragedy on the ice — something obviously no one wants to see — will sway the opinion, but for fighting to be banned totally (won't work). There's a place for it in the game, in there for a reason. It's not like back in the old days when you saw tonnes of fighting."

WAYNE PRIMEAU, Calgary Flames forward

"I think, ultimately, you will see it (gone) from the game. I really do. You look at the concussions and injuries from it, and the game is changing. If they do banish it, you worry about what kind of stick work will come into play. It's such an emotional game and guys are so spirited, you don't know what will happen if guys can't fight."

CURTIS GLENCROSS, Calgary Flames forward

"Fighting's got to be a part of hockey. There are times when skilled guys get picked on, and it'll be more of a green light for agitators.

You need the tough guys to make sure skill guys have back up for them ... With the situation and what happened, it's fresh in peoples' minds. I think if they did a poll again at another time, people would have a different perspective.

WENDEL CLARK, Former Leafs captain

"Look, I'm not going to say I'm against it. I played that way. I think it's part of the game at the pro level. What I am concerned about is the amount of fighting going on in minor hockey. There are only two levels where it is allowed and there are specific rules for it - the pros and junior. Yet at the bantam and midget levels, not just at AAA but AA and A too, the amount of fights are going up. It is not part of the game there. There are no rules. You fight, you're kicked out. Yet it's increasing. Who is condoning this for our kids? Coaches, parents, whoever it is, it has to stop.

Fighting in the pros is one thing. They are adults. They are professionals. They are doing it for a living. But kids? I know in my case, I didn't have my first fight until junior. No one starts out wanting to be a fighter. They all want to be finesse guys, the next Sidney Crosby. Like I said, there is room for it in the pros in my opinion, but what's going on with the kids concerned me.”


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