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by Alanah McGinley on 06/07/08 at 02:29 PM ET
The Ruhr Economic Paper, Blood Money: Incentives for Violence in Hockey [PDF] caught my attention yesterday. A sample of the paper’s abstract will give you an idea of the thesis:
Using publicly available information from several databases 1996–2007, the incentives for violence in North American ice hockey are analyzed. We examine the role of penalty minutes and more specifically, fighting, during the regular season in determining wages for professional hockey players and team-level success indicators. There are substantial returns paid not only to goal scoring skills but also to fighting ability, helping teams move higher in the playoffs and showing up as positive wage premia for otherwise observed low-skill wing players.
Worth a read if you’re interested in an economic and academic perspective on fighting in the NHL.
Sidenote: Whatever you might think of fighting in hockey, there are worse things in the world of sport, I figure. For instance, at no time in NHL history has anyone ever been suspended for beating their opponent with a kitchen ladle...
Update 10:46pm ET: Lena Sin at The Province provides more info on the article noted above.
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