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A research on effective and successful hockey fighting

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  • We have a better and safer game when players are held accountable by their peers and fighting remains an important part of our sport;
  • One study or 50 studies aside, there are clearly many hockey fans who continue to enjoy seeing fists to the face;
  • The success of recent Moosehead players, including four players selected in the top-10 picks over the past three NHL drafts, attests to our commitment to developing our players;
  • A tournament in which fighting is banned.

Or this Kevan Miller-Joe Vitale fight from last month. Or this vicious Antoine Roussel-Kevin Klein brawl from last season. According to the research of Duane Rockerbie, a professor of economics at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, fans prefer to see hockey players, you know, play hockey instead of punch each other. Bodies on the line: If true, that could go a long way towards convincing NHL owners and commissioner Gary Bettman to ban the act from the game.

“I Went to a Fight the Other Night and a Hockey Game Broke Out”

Team owners are staunch capitalists. They compiled enough money to purchase a sports franchise by always putting profit first. Yet all the videos above have tens of thousands of views. The Roussel-Klein fight has more than 260,000.

HockeyFights boasts 45,000-plus followers on Twitter and nearly 80,000 Facebook fans.

  • An archival exploration utilizing open access databases from multiple Internet sources;
  • So, sorry, hockey fans;
  • The current study explored the relationship between fighting behavior and passage of time, across games and seasons, in an attempt to assess if violent behavior in hockey is impulsive or intentional;
  • Those differences in policy manifest themselves subsequently when these 2 classes of players compete in the NHL ranks;
  • Elite hockey, whether played at the major junior, collegiate or professional level, is a fast and physical game.

One study or 50 studies aside, there are clearly many hockey fans who continue to enjoy seeing fists to the face.

Listen to Boston play-by-play man Jack Edwards gleefully squeal: A strong case can be made that it requires the most skill of any sport — it is essentially two sports at once: Running comes naturally after a toddler learns to walk. The skill of the game is highlighted every four years at the Olympics when Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Henrik Lundqvist and the rest of the best players in the world play in a mini-tournament. A tournament in which fighting is banned. The action is fast and flawless — and still full of contact.

End to fighting would not make hockey a safer game

No one watches Olympic hockey and thinks: The talent on the ice in the gold medal game blows away even what is found in uniform at the Stanley Cup Final. Barring massive contraction, the NHL will never see Olympic-level hockey played exclusively by players who made their way in the sport on skill alone, not a little bit of skill mixed with great willingness to get bludgeoned in exchange for a six-figure income. Countering previous studies, his research found that most NHL fans, not just Canadian fans would prefer to see skill over fighting.

Ice hockey is cultural in Canada. The sport is appreciated at a national level. Anyone that has ever stepped on a sheet of ice with skates, a stick and a puck instantly appreciates how hard it is to do what NHLplayers do. Anyone can throw a punch, few humans can gather a pass and go top shelf on their backhand while skating 20mph. A fight may look just as impressive to that person as a one-timer. Fighting becomes more a part of hockey the lower you go, if not geographically then definitely skill-wise.

Play hockey in the Olympics or in Canada?

Play it in the minors or in Las Vegas? Hockey is my favorite sport. Adults, children, people of all sexes and races stand and scream when two minor leaguers who are making nowhere near NHL money drop the gloves and rain down punches on each other.

NHL safer with fighting, players say

A friend of mine took her son and daughter to an AHL game two years ago that featured multiple fights, with the crowd roaring in delight at each. I mean, call her an over-protective mother if you want, but how many moms would have their children watch and cheer two men fighting in the street?

Until that changes, until teams throughout the sport — and not just NHL teams in Canada or the United States — see a negative impact on their bottom line, fighting is probably going to continue to exist in the sport barring a bold and positively transformational move by Gary Bettman to ban it.

After all, the pro-fighting crowd, which includes many players themselves, have their own studies to point to that say fighting actually helps teams win games.

Sorry, NHL fans: fighting is here to stay

So, sorry, hockey fans.