Fighting in hockey now a top issue
Saturday, February 28, 20098 Comments
One line of thinking says fighting is simply part of the game. Those who play it know that fighting is largely accepted and are aware of what they are getting themselves into. Fights are highlighted on national television in the context of a spectacle viewers want to see, and the practice goes largely unpunished by the league or criminal prosecutors. Don Cherry, Hockey Night In Canada's famed host who loves everything hockey, is a staunch supporter of fighting in hockey and is doing his part to oppose calls for fighting to be removed from hockey.
Others feel a little more uneasy. The CBC has been covering this story extensively over the past week and conducted interviews with a number of concussion specialists and former players who have been seriously hurt in hockey fights. Many health professionals and some former players are now suggesting the practice of fighting in hockey should be banned at all levels. Not only for safety of players, but also because the pros act as role models for the younger leagues.
So, is fighting in hockey an acceptable practice that we should permit to continue, or does it promote violence and cause bodily harm where none need exist? Would hockey still be fun and entertaining like other sports without it? Please comment below and vote in our online poll available on the front page.