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11-03-2012, 07:53 PM
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NotPartoftheGame
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Fighting remains in hockey for a simple reason, because the leagues and institutions allow it and encourage it. At age 15 hockey players are under similar rules to all other sports; fight and get kicked out of the game. At age 16 hockey diverges from all other sports and allows players to police the game - http://itsnotpartofthegame.blogspot....-they-can.html.

That doesn't make a lot of sense, having an emotional biased player making decisions on who should be punished. That role belongs to the officials. If you are really concerned about cheap shots and head trauma then you would be demanding that the refs are given new rules to work with and harsher penalties to hand out. Fighting only increases the violence, it doesn't reduce it. You can't demand or gain respect from your opponent by punching him in the head.

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