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05-26-2013, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by Sorinth View Post
There's no evidence to support your claim. If enforcers deterred opponents then you'd be able to look back through the last 10 years of the NHL and show a trend linking injuries/being hit to having enforcers. People have looked and found nothing.

If a physical player played soft because of an opponents enforcers he'd either never make it to the NHL or have a very short career.
There is a trend actually. Ask Brian Gionta about the stick work when he played for Boston College. Stick work almost always goes up when fighting is removed. Two willing combatants is a heck of a lot better than getting two-handed with a stick. One you're prepared for, the other you have no idea it's coming.

Fighting doesn't prevent the game from being played, this argument is a red herring, of course fighting won't prevent hits, it's not suppose to.

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