The NHL preseason has already gotten underway, with rookie games beginning on Sept. 10. The first official NHL exhibition games are on Sept.19.
September is the month in which many players attempt to prove their worth at hockey's highest level. Among the players are longtime AHL enforcers and youthful tough guys, all of which desire to finally make a mark at the NHL level.
The low stakes of exhibition games allow for this physical play to take place.
In addition to the prospective fighters who will drop their gloves, tenured NHL players may take advantage of the opportunity to settle past issues.
According to DropYourGloves.com, last year's preseason averaged 1.43 fights per game, while the regular season averaged just 0.56 fights per game.
This year's preseason schedule is highlighted by many key possibilities.