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Mike Bossy On Fighting

“I’m not at all surprised that there’s this spirited debate about fighting in the aftermath of [the McDavid incident],” he said. “Any time a player of that prominence is in a fight it raises the subject of whether the sport needs that.

“The way I see it, fighting in the NHL is silly. Almost all of the fights are staged and I still don’t know what they accomplish. It’s their designated fighter against your designated fighter. It can be embarrassing.

“When I played, fighting was meant to intimidate the other players. It was more of a message. I don’t think it serves that purpose anymore. If someone fights Matt Martin, John Tavares is not going to be intimidated...."

-Mike Bossy on the fighting issue.  More from Bossy by Larry Brooks of the New York Post plus a look at the "snubbing" of Eric Lindros for the HHOF.

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Slumpy's avatar

Lane, Langevin, Nystrom and Potvin to name a few kept the flies off Bossy.

Stamkos had Matt Martin in Sarnia police the ice for him in their OHL days.

Guess McDavid doesn’t have any teammates that will stick up for him or he made a bad decision by dropping the gloves you decide.

Fighting alone I don’t think scares some players but combined with vicious body checker and you got players skating with heads twisting looking for you in fear which is a valuable asset to have on a team.

Bossy was one of greatest snipers of all time but I don’t agree with him on this topic.

Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 11/15/14 at 06:01 PM ET

@TheJimP19's avatar

Gretzky said the same thing, but he had Semenko and McSorley with him for years.

Posted by @TheJimP19 from transplanted in Nashville on 11/16/14 at 12:16 AM ET

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