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Don Cherry’s gonna love this…

Per the Windsor Star’s Dave Waddell, I’m sure that Coach’s Corner will involve some anti-Red Wings and anti-Maple Leafs talk after Wings GM Ken Holland and former Leafs president Richard Peddie offered the following takes on banning fighting in developmental programs, perhaps all the way up to the CHL level at some point:

“I’d love to see it at the lower levels,” Holland said. “Are we ready for no fighting in the NHL? I don’t think so. I think the game is evolving at the National Hockey League level. You get into the playoffs and there’s hardly any fighting. I think it’s great there’s no fighting in youth leagues. It’s a good thing.”

Former president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Richard Peddie also supports a ban on fighting outside of professional hockey.

“I don’t disagree with what they’re doing at the junior levels on the whole fighting side,” Peddie said. “I know there are lots of pros and cons. I’ve heard it debated at the (NHL board of) governors’ meetings. There are things very unique in hockey versus basketball and baseball. I’m really up in the air at the pro level, but at the junior level, I’d have no problem with it whatsoever.”


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HockeyFanOhio's avatar

Cherry amuses me, but he’s wrong on this issue.  Hockey is about skating and skill.  Banning fighting in the junior leagues will cut down on fighting in the professional leagues, though it may take a while.  What it will also do is make sure that players that make it to the NHL have actual hockey talents, not just fighting talent.  I don’t think it fighting should be taken out of professional hockey, but the days of the goon are over.  And I think that makes hockey better.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 03/01/12 at 11:59 PM ET


The only thing that would make Cherry more of a joke would be if he arrived on the HNIC set in a tiny car and tumbled out amidst five smaller but similarly dressed mini-Cherry’s.

And even then, probably not much more of a joke.

There is a place for fighting in the NHL.  The problem is that it’s place is a lot smaller than it was 15 years ago.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 03/02/12 at 12:06 AM ET

gusoline's avatar

Side note:  The ┬┤Continued┬┤ link is malformed.  Either add a colon between the ‘http’ and the ‘//’ or remove the ‘http//’ altogether.

Posted by gusoline on 03/02/12 at 09:30 AM ET

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