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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

About the most sensible thing ever said about fighting – and its place in the NHL, past, present and future – came from former Boston Bruins general manager Harry Sinden almost two decades ago.

Responding to the widely held canard that fighting always was and is an integral part of the game, Sinden noted that the soldiers who invented the game by playing hockey on the frozen St. Lawrence River in the 19th century didn’t go onto the ice with the intention of starting a fight. Fighting gradually crept into the game, an unhappy part of its evolution, and according to Sinden, it can evolve right out again.

“If the wise men of today sat down and started a brand new hockey league, they wouldn’t include fighting,” Sinden said in an interview Friday. “They wouldn’t start off by saying, ‘Let’s let everybody fight and just give them a five-minute major.’ It wouldn’t fit today.

“How you ever get it out entirely, I don’t know, but they have opportunities to adjust things so these goons – and people who are only in the game to fight – could be limited and slowed down. That they could do.”

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I do wish that the league would finally ban fighting all together.  That way I could move on to other interests and put the NHL behind me.

Today’s product barely interests me.  The only thing keeping me from leaving is the off chance that a game gets chippy, they start hitting harder with foul intentions and the gloves start coming off.

Take that out of the game and I can get on with my life…  I’m sure 5 more fans will replace me.

Just do it already!!!

There used to be fighting in the playoffs, maybe not the finals, but as soon as the score was settled they tried to set a tone for the next game.

Fan from 1978 to 2012?

Posted by Terry Hale from San Jose on 09/03/11 at 02:20 AM ET

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The only thing keeping me from leaving is the off chance that a game gets chippy, they start hitting harder with foul intentions and the gloves start coming off.

Take that out of the game and I can get on with my life…  I’m sure 5 more fans will replace me.

I don’t suggest you wait. 

The game is better without fans who cheer for bloodshed and cheap shots.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/03/11 at 03:19 PM ET

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While I don’t really see how my money spent on the sport is any different than yours, you are entitled to your opinion…

Like I said, I won’t stop spending my money on the NHL until they officially ban fighting so get out your petitions.  Until then, you’re stuck with the fans cheering for bloodshed.

Once that happens, then the feeling will be mutual that I will be glad to be away from fans that prefer figure skating.

Posted by Terry Hale from San Jose on 09/03/11 at 04:07 PM ET

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Oh, I don’t want to ban fighting.  I want to get rid of goons and cheapshots.

There’s nothing like a good fight. I just don’t like how so many fights these days are staged bouts between otherwise useless players. 

When I’m in the mood for staged fights between guys who can’t play hockey, I prefer MMA.  Those fights last longer and are more entertaining.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/03/11 at 04:25 PM ET

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It’s morphed into a completely different role.  These guys are just sent out to fight once or twice a game.  They don’t play a regular shift.  They are huge and build themselves up to be even bigger.  It’s a lonely isolated position that has no real relation to the team as a whole.  They are like Gunslingers their next fight could be the end of their job.  If they are prone to depression I’m sure this doesn’t help and they seek ways to alleviate the despair. 

Most players don’t fight, I think fighting would fade away for the most part if these designated fighters were removed from the game.

Posted by 13 user names on 09/04/11 at 01:48 AM ET

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