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Seeing both sides of: fighting in hockey
The case for
When you hop aboard your mountain bike you know there is a risk a branch or a root might throw you off.
When you race cars you know there is a chance you aren’t going to make that corner.
And when you pick up a stick in a high-level hockey game, you know there is a chance you might have to drop it.
It’s part of the game and the players understand that.
The case against
It may be part of the game and many in and around the game may enjoy it.
But fighting is, at best, a side dish to the main course that is a hockey game.
Kids pick up a stick with dreams of scoring the winning goal, and the reason most drop that stick is simply because the culture of the game demands it.
We’ve all seen great, fight-free hockey.
There’s no need for it. Why keep it in the game?