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“I find it hypocritical that men who made their money fighting or playing the tough guy are now telling people it shouldn’t be part of the game. I think it’s part of hockey—no one’s ever got killed fighting. I think there’s got to be atonement on the ice. You take a shot at a team’s best player, then you need to pay the price.”
“I honestly can’t stand what’s happening in hockey right now. I don’t think the players know what they can and can’t get away with. I obviously think the players should have more respect for each other when they hit each other, but I saw [NHL head of player safety Brendan] Shanahan suspend a guy two games for high sticking. That’s just crazy. It can’t go on like this.”
Grammy Award -winning singer and co-owner of the Vancouver Giants, speaking with AOL Music
From Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
It was a hockey fight that started the way thousands of others have over the years, but it ended with a 21-year-old fighting for his life in a Hamilton hospital.
The fact the fight took place in the backwaters of senior hockey in Ontario will undoubtedly prompt some to dismiss it as a one-time accident, largely because that’s what it was. But it has long been the opinion of this corner that it is only a matter of time before an NHL player dies as the result of a hockey fight and only then, maybe, will the game do something about fighting.
Because of a hockey fight, the parents of Don Sanderson of the Whitby Dunlops are sitting by their son’s bed in a Hamilton hospital wondering when, or if, their son is ever going to wake up. After one surgery and some 60 hours after his fight with Corey Fulton of the Brantford Blast last Friday night, Sanderson was still in a coma.
Update 4:42pm ET: More on this from Jamie Fitzpatrick at About.com as well.
Update 5:57pm ET: Bob McKenzie at TSN weighs in—
I’m afraid, for me anyway, that parenthood trumps journalism at a time like this.
Which is to suggest, I am also sick over how this tragedy has become a jumping-off point today to either rally around the game and how it’s played or to use it as an example of all that is wrong with hockey.
I don’t want hear the pro-fighting boosters tell me it’s part of the game, that it’s a tough sport and that accidents happen. I know that, but it makes it no less sickening.
And I don’t want to hear the anti-fighting cause wag a finger and say it was bound to happen sooner or later, because that reeks of opportunism in the face of great tragedy.
The truth is, depending upon your view, you can make this sad story whatever you want it to be.
Knockout Hockey is a direct advertiser on Kukla’s Korner and will be awarding a copy of their DVD to a lucky KK member.
You will have your choice of Knockout Hockey- The Original or Knockout Hockey- Fights and Brawls.
All you have to do is leave a comment about the best fight you have witnessed or comment about the top fighters in the game. A random drawing of all comments will be held next Tuesday and the winner will be announced that day.
Note: You’ll have to be a KK member (you can sign up here for free) and leave your comment by Monday night, October 27th, by midnight ET.
From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,
Daniel Carcillo, Jared Boll and Zach Stortini are just a few tough guys who made names for themselves in the NHL last season and the war machine ain’t stopping anytime soon.
And do you know why?
Because the NHL endorses fighting.
Yup, you heard me, folks. And I have no problem with that. How does the league endorse fighting? It’s simple: The NHL tacitly approves of fisticuffs because players are not suspended or fined for them. Sure, you can get suspended or fined for fighting in the last five minutes of a game if you’ve been red-flagged as a “goon,” but that’s a pretty simple rule to get around: Send your message at the six-minute mark. It’s not rocket science.
From The Sporting News,
Coyotes left winger Daniel Carcillo—5-11, 203 pounds with a crazy-high 324 penalty minutes in his first full season—is learning the hard way that competitiveness and chaos can be tough to tell apart. Here are his 10 tips for surviving and thriving as a middleweight fighter, as told to SN’s Steve Greenberg.
1. You have to want to do it. Unless you’re 6-8, 250 pounds, you should never let a coach force you to fight. I’m a pretty mellow guy off the ice; a lot of people who get to know me say I’m totally different than the guy they see at the arena. But I’ll tell you something my coach, Wayne Gretzky, and my teammates already know: I like to fight.
Get all Carcillo’s tips for the trade. A great piece.
And if you want to think about fights even more this week, Patrick Hruby at ESPN writes about The Men Who Love Goons.
From Chris Johnston at the CP via the Globe & Mail,
The growth of the UFC has earned the sport many fans in dressing rooms around the league. It’s also earned MMA fighters a lot of respect from NHLers.
“Even the worst UFC fighter that there is would beat me because of their training,” said Pittsburgh Penguins enforcer Georges Laraque. “It’s so much harder than anything I’ve ever seen.
“I’m a fighter, so I know how hard they work and I know how hard it is to go against someone.”
From Jeff Marek at CBC, an interview with David Singer from HockeyFights.com,
Marek: Last season the Anaheim Ducks lead the league in fighting majors and ended up winning the Cup. How much did that affect fighting this year?
Singer: A good amount, especially as the season went on and good teams were bringing tough players onto the roster. It’s been a long time since any team carried enforcers with the playoffs in mind. At the same time, it’s also been three years for rivalries to re-blossom, players to adjust to new interpretations to rules, and for GMs to bring some new-style tough guys into the league.
M: Do you think the NHL and PA will scrap the instigator rule? Should they?
From Dave Pollard at Hockey.com,
Well, even goonery is going global these days. Although most of the league’s tough guys still hail from the frozen North, I’ve noticed a few Europeans creeping into the fistic fraternity.
Chicago’s David Koci calls Prague, not Prince George, home. Raitis Ivanans hails from Riga, not Red Deer. Boston’s man-mountain, Zdeno Chara, grew up, way up, in Trencin, not Thompson.
What do you think of that, Don Cherry?
Geez, I think I saw his tartan jacket just blanch.