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01-05-2012, 12:18 AM
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Will preface this by saying that I am relatively new to the sport (I've been watching for about 4 or 5 years now). While I enjoy the pure entertainment value of hockey fighting, I don't see why--tradition aside--it needs to be a necessary part of the game.

1) What other major, respectable sport (other than I guess boxing) allows players to fight each other with basically no major repercussions? 2) Shouldn't a sport be able to stand on it's own merits/excitement, without fighting added to the mix? 3) I don't know the stats on this, but I think it would be ridiculous and embarrassing for someone to obtain any significant injury from a fight.

Once again, it's nothing I'm going to write an angry letter about, but I am bit mystified by the whole dynamic.

ETA: I do agree, though, that the concussion controversy seems to be rather tangential to the fighting issue.

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