Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/16/10 at 11:34 AM ET
I used to think it was a humiliating thing for a guy to lose a fight. That’s the way I thought of things in real life – if you lost a fight, you lost a piece of your manhood. That’s the way I thought of things as a kid watching hockey: if “your guy” lost the fight, so did you. It was gut-wrenching seeing your guy bloodied and knocked down. And it was throw-your-fists-in-the-air, primal-scream-therapy exhilarating when the other guy got his clock cleaned.
But gradually, you learn the wins and losses in a fight don’t really matter. What matters is standing up for yourself and fighting with honor. That’s it. Yeah it feels great if your guy wins, but it almost never really matters in a game. You learn that players just think of fighting as a “you win some, you lose some” thing, and the only thing that really matters is, again, fighting with honor and in the overall spirit of the competition.
-Adrian Dater of All Things Avs. According to Dater, Matt Duchene snapped last night and got in a fight. Read all about it.
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