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Video- Brian McGrattan Knocked Out In A Fight

I tweeted this a few minutes ago but thought I would post it too.

A very scary moment for Brian McGrattan.

 

 

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Hank1974's avatar

Can pro leagues finally get rid of fighting? Or at least the ability to have a goon?
It’s not 1975 anymore where guys were 180lbs and trained in the offseason by drinking beer and golfing.
Goons today are monsters who lift weights, train in MMA/boxing and study tape on opponents.
They are able to produce an incredible amount of power while standing on knives and fighting on a surface as hard as cement.

And that’s not even mentioning the longterm affects of getting into several punch-ups.

I don’t mind the odd tilt that surfaces from a cheapshot or tempers raging. Especially from players who can actually play the game.
But the goon has to go and he needs to disappear from all levels of hockey.

Start suspending players a game for a fight, and then increase the suspension with each subsequent fight.
Maybe a rule like the OHL has where you can only fight x-amount of times?

I don’t know why the NHL, AHL, or any pro league is waiting for a death to happen to finally do something about this.

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/20/16 at 09:42 AM ET

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But the goon has to go and he needs to disappear from all levels of hockey.

It’s getting there, give it a few more years and they’ll be completely gone from pro hockey.

Posted by George0211 on 01/20/16 at 10:10 AM ET

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And the crowd continues to clap and cheer while the guy lays motionless on the ice.  Horrible.

Posted by TreKronor on 01/20/16 at 10:18 AM ET

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And the crowd continues to clap and cheer while the guy lays motionless on the ice.  Horrible.

That was very disturbing to see.
That is a human being lying unconscious on the ice. He may have kids watching. He could be dead or seriously injured. And yet the crowd roars approval from having their bloodlust quenched.

It’s getting there, give it a few more years and they’ll be completely gone from pro hockey.

Very true. The sooner the better.

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/20/16 at 10:25 AM ET

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That is a human being lying unconscious on the ice. He may have kids watching. He could be dead or seriously injured.

And yet he willingly entered into a fight on the ice that was, as much as anything, for the entertainment of the crowd.

Posted by Garth on 01/20/16 at 10:55 AM ET

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Dave Hodge of TSN,

There are other things on my mind after last night’s NHL action, but I will put them aside to deal briefly with the disturbing scene from the AHL that followed a fight between Brian McGrattan and Daniel Maggio.

If you haven’t seen the video that shows McGrattan lying flat and unconscious on the ice after being felled by Maggio’s right hand, be warned that you might not want to see it. Should you watch it, please consider the option of using a mute button to remove the audio.

The reaction of the crowd in San Antonio, home of the Rampage, was almost as disturbing as the condition of McGrattan, a member of the visiting San Diego Gulls. Surely the fans would have been sitting in hushed silence, I thought. Sadly, they couldn’t have sounded more excited. Thankfully, McGrattan was reportedly conscious and alert after being removed on a stretcher. The Texans in the stands should get follow-up treatment as well.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/20/16 at 10:57 AM ET

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San Antonio fans making some noise and showing why the Raiders should indeed head their way

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 01/20/16 at 12:10 PM ET

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Posted by Hank1974 on 01/20/16 at 03:13 PM ET

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I’d rather guy drop the gloves than start swinging a stick - It’s rare but if they taking fighting out you will probably see more injuries from guys running each other or swinging sticks. It’s pretty bad right now already.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 01/20/16 at 03:27 PM ET

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Royal Grand Exalted PooBah, it’s already happening now.

Matt Cooke never ran away from answering the bell. Even against heavyweights. Did that stop him from trying to injure players?
How about Dan Carcillo, Sean Avery, Steve Downie, Steve Ott, Raffi Torres, etc, etc, etc.

The rats don’t care if they have to fight. They’d rather take a beating than serve fries for a living.
So they’ll continue to be ‘energy guys’ and play on a dangerous edge.

Fighting does absolutely nothing to prevent cheap-shots, dangerous hits and shenanigans.

There was an article posted last year which showed stats that proved this.
In one season, the Bruins led the NHL in fighting majors but also lost more man-games to dirty hits than any other team.

If you want the game safer, start handing out significant suspensions.
Just look at the aforementioned Cooke. He was a menace for years until he was slapped with a 17-game suspension. Now he’s a model citizen.

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/20/16 at 03:35 PM ET

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Savard, Bergeron, Eriksson all suffered massive concussions from horrendous, questionable hits.
There were more listed and I believe the author also looked at an extended window as well.

He also found the stats supported that the teams with most fighting majors also accumulated the most ‘rat’ penalties which would suggest goons help protect rats and make the game more dangerous.

In the end, I think Matt Cooke is the absolute perfect example of a POS player who continued to wreak havoc time and time again and didn’t think twice about having to ‘answer the bell’ for his transgressions.
Fighting didn’t deter him from hurting other players, a massive suspension did.

That tells me that the players cannot police themselves and the league needs to take a more active role in curbing the dangerous hits that seem to happen on a nightly basis.

Posted by Hank1974 on 01/20/16 at 06:03 PM ET

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