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12-29-2003, 11:29 PM
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Originally Posted by JimEIV

This sport has become sanitized since the early 1990's. Gretzky always said how fighting had to be removed from the sport while skating with Dave Semanko or Marty McSorely.

Player will put sticks on super stars without fear of reprisal. No one in this league is ever held responsible………If you watched hockey 20 years ago people used to talk about “unwritten rules”. When was the last time you’ve heard that phrase used in hockey???

I began watching hockey in the late 70’s because of the Warriors that were in this game. The game was played with an edge. It was graceful violence. That was what I loved about Hockey. You never knew what was going to happen, and if you got beat, “Then you sent a message for the next game”. The edge is COMPLETELY gone from hockey these days. Now we pay homage to the guys who wear the visors………….The game is being ran into the ground by the neuvo-hockey fan who wants to see the skill and not the grit. But the fact of the matter is you can’t have one without the other and in the leagues attempt to remove one, they removed both.
Again as was said awesome post. If we Get the Tough guys forum back up you should check it out you would enjoy it.

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