Fight Game: Why Fighting Belongs in the NHL

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Fight Game: Why Fighting Belongs in the NHL

Andy Mead/Icon SMI There will always be an argument about whether fighting has a place in hockey.

There are two sides to the debate. One says fighting is dangerous and should be eliminated; the other days it's inevitable and should be tolerated.

Personally, I think you need fighting to control the game. Without the threat of fisticuffs, you'd get more stick violence—because offenders wouldn't be worried about getting beaten up after the fact.

The "too dangerous" argument is a stupid one, for a few reasons. First, not many injuries are caused by fighting. There are exceptions, of course—but they're too rare to warrant taking fighting out of the game entirely.

When two guys drop the mitts, they know the risks involved. If fighting were really as dangerous as critics suggest, it wouldn't be so common.

http://a.abcnews.com/images/Sports/3f027020-60f8-4b14-b7a4-13479c949242_nr.jpegFights are also a deterrent to prospective cheap-shot artists. Without fighting, there would be no protection for star players—and I guarantee that injury numbers would increase.

Think of it like this: If there were no fights, any player in the league could take a run at Sidney Crosby and have nothing to worry about.

Critics also say that fighting drives fans away from the game. That's absurd.

There are only three kinds of hockey moments that get fans on their feet: a goal, a big save, and a fight.

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