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02-29-2012, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by tikkanen5rings View Post
Fighting has always been a part of hockey. People comparing it to other major sports are forgetting this.
You can't take take away part of the game and still call it ice hockey.
Next take out hitting and chirping? Just call it flat ball skating...
Fighting happens after the whistle, so it's not part of the game.

Also, hockey is a global sport. International hockey has never allowed fighting. Hockey does not revolve around the NHL.

That said, I can see both sides of the debate in this scenario. Hockey Canada has every right and good reason to ban fighting, especially at the youth level where hockey is about development and not entertaining old drunks in the stands.

But at the same time, I believe CHL teams are businesses are they not? And the players get paid as well, meaning it is more of an entertainment business than a developmental system.

So really the debate comes down to what the CHL really is. Is it a development system for youth players under the jurisdiction of Hockey Canada, or is it an entertainment-based business? I'm not sure myself.

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