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PDX Coyotes 01-05-2010 04:33 PM

Question: Fighting in non-NHL leagues.
 
So I was talking to a guy who was complaining about the fighting in the NHL... to the point that he won't even watch hockey at all anymore. Anyhow, I said "Fighting has always been a part of hockey, and hopefully always will be." To which he responded with "It's only a part of North American professional hockey."

So my question, is: How do leagues like the Czech, Swede, Russian, etc... view fighting? Is it tolerated like it is in the NHL? Is it as prevalent?

Laus723 01-05-2010 04:37 PM

Fights still happen.

People who stop watching/don't watch hockey because of fighting use that as a cop out, nothing else. I've heard that from people before, brought them to games, they very much enjoy it, and even stand and cheer the fight should one happen. I've also found that people who, "stop watching because of fighting" never really watched much as it were. It's a lame cop out excuse.

Fighting has always happened in hockey, it has always gone on in this game, and it happens in every other sport. It's not going to stop, even if the NHL starts ejecting players for fighting.

98% of the crowd stands and cheers wildly during fights. The overwhelming majority love fights in the NHL.

PDX Coyotes 01-05-2010 05:11 PM

I'm with you there. But I'm wondering about European leagues. He seems to think that only the North Americans fight. I want to say that one of the biggest bench-clearing brawls was in a Swedish league game... but that doesn't necessarily mean that fighting is regarded as part of the game to Europeans.

VladNYC* 01-05-2010 05:29 PM

There is fighting in every pro hockey league in the world. Sergei Fedorov dropped the gloves in the KHL a little bit ago.

Badger36 01-05-2010 06:08 PM

Fighting is part of hockey no matter what part of the world you are in.

Franck 01-06-2010 11:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GoBucky (Post 23021740)
Fighting is part of hockey no matter what part of the world you are in.

This.

The only difference between different countries and leagues is in the repercussions that follow.

ColePens 01-06-2010 11:28 AM

I would actually say fighting happens more in most junior leagues. Maybe the Euro leagues are different, but most goons try and make names for themselves in juniors. It's almost pathetic sometimes.

UkFlyer 01-06-2010 12:07 PM

Fighting is loved in the UK although we play a more north american styled game.

Past fighters include:wade belak, eric cairns, dennis vial, anglestad, ndur, mcmorrow, shulte, chris mcallister, clouthier.

CuteHockeyBunny 01-06-2010 01:49 PM

Fighting will remain a part of hockey and players will fight in whatever pond or arena where they may lace their skates. It's in the nature of hockey and the only way to remove it would be to neuter the players.

stugotz 01-06-2010 09:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CuteHockeyBunny (Post 23043216)
Fighting will remain a part of hockey and players will fight in whatever pond or arena where they may lace their skates. It's in the nature of hockey and the only way to remove it would be to neuter the players.

Exactly, fighting even happens in beer leagues. You get angry, and frustrated and sometimes the only way to release that frustration is through a fight. Which is much better than seeing someone release their frustrations with their stick.


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