Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/27/10 at 12:18 PM ET
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
In other sports with sanctioned fighting, the goal is to win, to have your arm raised in triumph and watch your opponent hang his head in disappointment. Whether one “wins” a fight in the NHL is beside the point.
Sticking up for a teammate after he takes a big hit and showing you won’t be pushed around is often just as important for hockey teams. Not only are the star players “protected,” but an esprit de corps can develop. No matter how one fares in a hockey fight, teammates almost always tap their sticks on the ice as a show of respect.
That said, fighters always are trying to get better at their craft.
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