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11-04-2012, 09:55 PM
krazy kanuck
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Originally Posted by OHLTG View Post
Just because the penalties aren't incredibly stiff doesn't mean it encourages it. A penalty is a penalty. If fighting in football meant a life-time ban, having a three-year ban in hockey for the same thing doesn't mean encouragement.
Fair enough. I would argue that a 5 minute penalty is hardly punishment at all. But if we agree it is not within the rules, does that not mean that it is not part of the game?

Originally Posted by OHLTG View Post
BTW, baseball, basketball, and soccer aren't contact sports, either. Two very different sets of rules, so you can't compare their suspensions to hockey.
Getting hit by a 100 mph fastball in the head will likely do more damage than "stickwork" in hockey. Tell someone in a bar in Queens NY that baseketball isn't a contact sport, and you might get laughed at. Tell someone in Glasgow, Scotland that soccer isn't a contact sport, and said you like fights, right?

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