One of the biggest debates going on in the hockey world is whether to keep fighting in the game. The argument can be made on either sides, however along with one of the greatest hockey players to ever play the game, Bobby Orr, I am on the pro side to keep it in the game.
Fighting has been in hockey since the day it was started. It does what no other professional sport can do, let the players police themselves. This happens when liberties are taken on a player. This can be in the form of a cheap shot, dirty hit, along with other teams. When this happens sometimes the referees do not see or a 2 minute penalty is not enough to do justice for the other team. This is how and why fights need to happen. Players need to know that they can not just skate around the ice being able to do whatever they want.
One argument against fighting is player safety. There have been some significant injuries to players that have been apart of fights. These players know exactly what they are getting into and know what the consequences are. As Bobby Orr explains in the article one of the main reasons for fighting is to keep the players safe, mainly the “star” players who bring the fans in the arena. Take fighting out of the game and you can almost guarantee that injuries will increase dramatically.