I just finished reading an article on the SportingNews website called “NHL fighting debate has some new heavyweights”. This article was written shortly after the incident between Colton Orr (Toronto) and George Parros (Montreal). After a shocking “mishap” to Parros after a fight, there has been much discussion about the penalty of fighting and even if fighting should be kept in the game ?! Now, I completely understand the responses many of these players have been giving on what the penalty should be of fighting. If rules have changed based on head shot penalties, why don’t the rules change from a full out fist fight with multiple blows to the head ? Steve Yzerman responds to the issue at hand by saying, “I believe a player should get a game misconduct for fighting” … “We penalize and suspend players for making contact with the head while checking in an effort to reduce head injuries yet we still allow fighting. We’re stuck in the middle and need to decide what kind of sport do we want to be. Either anything goes and we accept the consequences or take the next step and eliminate fighting.” (Gentille, 2013). This is definitely a big decision that the NHL has to make. If fighting was eliminated from the game of hockey, imagine how much the game itself would be changed ? What would be the use of getting players that are being played just to aggravate and fight a similar character on the opposing team ? The game speed would increase, the quality of play would be focused towards creativity and finesse (much like the European style of play, even though fighting is still in play in that league).
My question is this… What are your thoughts on this situation? Would it be a good thing if fighting was eliminated from the game of hockey ? Do you think fighting is one of the aspects of the game that draws crowds ?
Let me know your thoughts !
Gentille, S. (2013, October 2). Nhl fighting debate has some new heavyweights. SportingNews NHL. Retrieved from http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-10-02/nhl-fighting-rules-debate-george-parros-face-steve-yzerman