Women's hockey rough and tough? You bet

Team Switzerland's Nicole Bullo hits Svetlana Tkachyova of Team Russiaduring action at the 2013 Ice...

Team Switzerland's Nicole Bullo hits Svetlana Tkachyova of Team Russiaduring action at the 2013 Ice Hockey Women's World Championship taking place at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on April 6,2013. (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:47 PM ET

If you're going to a game at the women's world hockey championship this week expecting the women's version of Chris Neil vs. Colton Orr, you would be both delusional and disappointed.

The women don't lob haymakers at each other. In fact, nobody seems to remember a fight ... ever ... at the world level.

But make no mistake about it, this isn't a pillow fight. What is labelled non-contact actually has plenty of contact. The players love to get physical -- usually within the bounds of the rules. Bodychecking was actually in the women's game until it was dumped after the 1992 worlds.


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