Saturday, 1 March 2014
Of all the myths associated with why fighting is “part of the game” the perception that it somehow controls the rats in the game is the most pervasive. Common sense, or simply being a hockey fan for an extended period of time, would tell you that the opposite is true. And then of course you could simply rely on the facts.
Monday, 17 February 2014
A lot of anti-fighting hockey fans will use the Olympics as an argument of why fighting is not needed in the sport. The rebuttal from pro-fight fans is that Olympic hockey is too unique and cannot be used as a comparison to the same sport played by the NHL. I think the pro-fight fan may be correct.
Sunday, 19 January 2014
“Celebrate The Game!” is displayed prominently across the webpage for ScotiaBank Hockey Day In Canada. This is a major promotion for the CBC and the NHL and it was appropriate that the final game of the night showed the type of play that the league has ignored, tolerated and supported. Vancouver and Calgary waited an entire 2 seconds after the opening face-off to give us “Slapshot 2014”.
Wednesday, 1 January 2014
On January 1, 2012, at 12:56 PM, I published my first article on this blog. If you merely look at the status quo in the NHL you may not think much has changed. But I believe that over the past 24 months there has been tremendous progress in removing fighting from hockey.
Sunday, 29 December 2013
I’ve been busy over the past few weeks, watching a lot of hockey fights. Not exactly my favourite thing but necessary in order to collect some additional data on fighting, enforcers and the impact on Rat PIM. As always when you look beyond the general perception of an activity you get a better sense of what is really happening.
Monday, 9 December 2013
By now any hockey fan has read 2 or 18 articles that covered Shawn Thornton’s assault on Brooks Orpik. Everyone has an opinion on what occurred, who should have done what and when they should have done it. Speculation on discipline and fan comments filled blogs, Twitter, website comments and actual pages that still use ink. But who was really at fault here.
Tuesday, 26 November 2013
I was surprised by my reaction to Monday’s announcement of retired players filing a lawsuit against the NHL. If you have read any of my posts over the last 2 years it’s obvious that I’m no fan of fighting and I always expected a lawsuit would be brought against the league at some point. Still I was disappointed to finally see it happen.
Saturday, 23 November 2013
“The Code”. That mythical set of rules that is trotted out at various times to create honor amongst hockey enforcers and excuse the dishonorable conduct that more often results from enforcers in the game. Those who support fighting will mention the history and tradition of dropping the gloves and that players have long used “The Code” to police the game. But just how long has “The Code” existed.
Saturday, 16 November 2013
You might think that there appears to be more news articles and blog posts on the subject of whether fighting in hockey should be reduced or banned outright. And you would be correct. I’ve been posting regularly on this topic for almost two years now and I’m encouraged that more writers are publishing opinion pieces and fact based articles – even without a major brawl or fight-induced concussion to prompt it.
Sunday, 10 November 2013
Over the past several weeks we have heard from current and former players, as well as hockey notables, about how fighting is needed to reduce or eliminate cheap shots in the sport. Without the Enforcer role the “Rats” would take over the game. The consensus is so strong and prevalent that there must be some evidence that would support the pro-fighting viewpoint. It would be hard to believe that individuals who play the game at the highest level are relying solely on perception.