That’s right, I said it; who needs fighting these days?
Sure, the NHL will never completely abolish fighting—and I am not suggesting that they should completely abolish this behavior. What the NHL would benefit from is making fighting more difficult for NHL players to engage in.
Reactionary fights, while sometimes tough to decipher, are good for the game. The ones we all hate are the “staged” fight where two players seemingly drop the gloves for no reason at all, subjecting themselves to unnecessary injury and trauma.
Punishing the offending participants with suspensions would be a step in the right direction and it would encourage players to take care of their own battles.
If you suspended players for fighting you would see the participants being a lot pickier about when and where they fought, to the point that they may elect to pass on the staged variety.
I am all for fighting; what I am tired of seeing are the staged fights and the dirty players having their battles fought by goons. Make players accountable for their own actions by discouraging goon fights.
You want to be an idiot out on the ice, no worries. Good luck defending your actions; the goon can’t do it every time or he will be suspended and/or broke!
It says here if a “shift disturber” has to fight his own battles he is less likely to be out on the ice chirping and slashing and taking liberties at will.
The kid on the playground that is best friends with the school bully often has the biggest mouth. But take the bully away and he often has nothing to say, right?