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Fighting is Part of Hockey

From Jim Reyno at Metro London:

There’s been a lot of talk in hockey lately about concussions and their lingering effects, and whether it’s time fighting be banned from the game.

“I don’t know about that,” said Dale Hunter, owner and coach of the London Knights. “It’s in the rules — fighting has been part of hockey for 90 years.”

For 19 of those years, Hunter was a willing participant in that part of hockey in the NHL. Just 5-foot-10 but 200 pounds, in many ways Hunter was a concussion on skates, throwing his weight around (as well as a few lefts and rights) on his way to accumulating 3,563 penalty minutes — second all-time behind Tiger Williams. Consider him an expert on rugged play.

continued… with discussion specific to OHL matters and head shots

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  Tags: concussions, dale+hunter, ohl

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Hank1974's avatar

I’m pretty sure fighting is not ‘in the rules’ Dale.
If it is, then I guess hooking, holding, slashing, tripping, offsides and icing should all be allowed too?

Posted by Hank1974 on 08/30/11 at 06:43 PM ET

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Cheap shots from behind on defenseless forwards after they beat you in OT are certainly more Dale Hunter stock and trade.

Posted by hockey1919 from mid-atlantic on 08/30/11 at 06:51 PM ET

Hank1974's avatar

Cheap shots from behind on defenseless forwards after they beat you in OT are certainly more Dale Hunter stock and trade.

LOL!

Posted by Hank1974 on 08/30/11 at 06:53 PM ET

pautna's avatar

“...fighting has been part of hockey for 90 years.”” Oh, so that makes it okay!

I always laugh when I hear someone say that fighting is “a part of the game”. Then why does it virtually disappear after the first round of the playoffs, when the games really count?

Posted by pautna on 08/30/11 at 07:37 PM ET

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Posted by pautna on 08/30/11 at 05:37 PM ET

In fairness, a few things that are part of the game virtually disappear after the first round of the playoffs.

- major penalties
- hooking calls
- The New York Rangers

The list goes on.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 08/30/11 at 07:49 PM ET

CaliforniaPuck31's avatar

^ Zing!

Fighting will always be part of the game.  If you really want to reduce concussions, soften the shoulder/elbow equipment and heavily suspend dirty hits.

Posted by CaliforniaPuck31 from San Luis Obispo, CA on 08/30/11 at 08:36 PM ET

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