Fighting is a staple of professional hockey. There is a code of conduct in the game, and if you break it, you have to pay the consequences.
This year we saw one of the biggest uproars about the this aspect of the sport and whether or not it should be allowed.
There were a few controversial instances this season that questioned if dropping the gloves is a necessary part of the game.
Earlier in the season, we saw a line brawl break out between the Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers. The brawl seemed like any ordinary one until Flyers goaltender Ray Emery skated out of his crease to challenge the Capitals’ Braden Holtby. Holtby, who did not want to get involved, was beaten mercilessly by Emery until the linesmen broke it up.
A month before that, notable fighters Colton Orr and George Parros engaged in a scuffle, which ended in Parros being carted off the ice after hitting his head on the ice.
These are just two instances of fighting gone awry. While these examples are just two rare occurrences, they didn’t help the argument that fighting is OK. Over the course of the offseason, expect this issue to be discussed thoroughly by the NHL.