Foley: Fighting Needs To Be In Hockey

Fighting’s role in hockey splits not only the sport’s fan base, but also those who are causal observers. From the outside it may look like a barbaric element of an otherwise graceful game, but it’s actually necessary.

Plenty of fans and members of the media have voiced their opinions of fighting, but what if we were to take a poll of the current NHL players, where would their opinions fall?

“I’m not sure,” Blackhawks TV announcer Pat Foley said on the Danny Mac Show. “I would only be speculating about what the percentages would be, but I do think that the majority of players would say that in a contact sport, where people are cruising at very high rates of speed with weapons in their hands, fighting still needs to be part of the game, just from the accountability factor.”

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“We’ve all seen it over the years, these 5’10” guys walking around with a spear in their hands, playing bigger than they are. If there’s no answer to that, it just generates into something really ugly. I think that probably, the percentages would lean towards keeping it in, but there certainly would be a pretty significant amount of players who would say take it out.”

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  • dan nelson

    Hockey without fighting, is like a honeymoon without sex!

    • Todd

      Wait, you got laid on your honeymoon? Lucky….

  • Mike Fangman

    I like fighting in hockey for the pure momentary rush of seeing two guys punching each other, but I know that it has no ultimate impact on the outcome of a game.

    Meatball responses debunked:

    1. “The refs miss calls, so we gotta teach them a lesson.” True, the refs do miss calls. So do officials in other sports. If players in those sports take matters into their own hands, they get ejected.

    2. “It changes the momentum of the game.” If your team has to rely on momentum, that to me says they’re not physically able to execute the game plan.

    3. “You don’t understand hockey.” Then explain to me how the “tough guy” correlates to scoring goals.

    4. “You never played the game.” Chances are you didn’t either. If you did play at some level, there’s a reason you’re not playing now. You weren’t good enough to make it to the next level.

  • CH

    Even I like to see a good fight once in awhile but if you ask me I think the cement head days of hockey is going away. I kinda prefer it that way Hockey is supposed to be an intense, end to end action packed game that I’m hopping will grow the problem is there are too many people out there who say it’s nothing but guys fighting and that’s what I’m starting to hate. The days of Joe Kocur, Bob Probert, Wendell Clark, Dave Schulz, Dave Manson are over now it’s more of a finess game in all honesty I can do without it.

  • Mike Fangman

    And Bettman hae been letting it slowly die out by opening the doors to more foreign talent and college players. Fighting is banned in the NCAA and most foreign leagues.

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