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12-20-2013, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Ailurophile View Post
The only legitimate thing fighting brings to a hockey team is for the players and it is in no way preventative. It's a teammates way of saying, "Hey man, I got your back."

and yes, that creates a bond and chemistry in the lockeroom over time.

However the pro-fight crowd always wants to try and spin it to look like something that is benficial to player safety which is not only false, but ironic.
I think that this is a fair position.

I've never hid the fact that I enjoy the excitement of a fight within the context of a hockey game, but I cede the fact that we can definitively attribute an increase to playey safety because of it. We simply cannot. I do believe that in the extreme, the total elimination of fighting from the NHL game, we would see much more stickwork and chippiness, but again that is in the extreme.

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