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01-04-2012, 05:53 PM
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Vito Andolini
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Originally Posted by gluvhand View Post
In alot of the country football is religion. People see past what they want to. But when a parent sees punching and fighting allowed and glorified in a sport I think they think twice. I don't have a horse in this race. I have a daughter that doesn't play and doesn't want to. I play beer league and am a goalie so I rarely am on either end of fighting. I enjoy seeing a decent brawl with a purpose. I can just see why some people are turned off to the sport because of the fighting. That and the costs associated, early ice times, cold...
I think you got down to the heart of the issue in the bolded part.

I'm not discounting that some people may be turned off by fighting in hockey...but i just don't think it's a major deterrent to the growth of the game nor does it weight that heavily on a parents mind.

I mean how old are you when your parents first enroll you in a sport? I was around 8 or so. I seriously doubt my parents were even thinking about the possibility of me getting in fist fights 8 years or so down the line if they signed me up for hockey.

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