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by Paul on 10/25/07 at 09:03 AM ET
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Fisticuffs on the ice? Cut to a crowd shot.
The no-fighting on television rule is long gone, because today Hockey Night airs more highlight clips of fights than any comparable telecast.
To get an idea of how the show’s policy has evolved, or devolved, a good start is Ralph Mellanby’s new book, Walking With Legends….
According to Mellanby, the no-fighting rule was discontinued after Dan Kelly was hired as host of the Montreal broadcast in 1967. Kelly said he didn’t want to be associated with a show that wouldn’t air the fights.
The next year, fighting was shown, but replays were not, by edict of the sponsors, Molson and Imperial Oil.
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