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12-20-2013, 02:34 PM
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NGgator60
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Originally Posted by pld459666 View Post
call it what you want.

You run around laying out guys with thunderous hits, clean or not. If I'm on the ice, we're fighting.

Plain and simple.

I'm no tough guy, don't claim to be one, but YOU WILL BE THINKING OF OTHER THINGS WHEN WE ARE BOTH ON THE ICE TOGETHER.

take that to the bank

I take the health and well being of my teammates very seriously and if you are out there jeopardizing that? you may get a two hander behind the knee cap put you out of the game or an elbow to the face. But one thing you will know, you will have to answer for it.

That's me. That's an aspect of the game that I cherish, an aspect of the game that is waning which is allowing more and more fake tough guys the freedom to target the head of opposing players.

they have no respect for each other and absolutely no care that someone is going to ask them to answer the bells that THEY keep ringing.

I hope the NHL drops the Instigator.
That's a terrific summary of my thoughts as well, and I think that you're highlighting the concept of "culture" that I cite as my support for fighting in hockey.

We've recently seen an influx of voices telling us, "fighting is fine to allow the players to police themselves but players shouldnt have to fight for laying clean hits." In my opinion, this evades the inherent concept of fighting. Fighting is not necessarily a means to eliminate illegal hits, rather it is a proclamation that your team will not stand idle if physically abused. Again, clean or not, a thunderous hit can cause significant physical trauma and is often deemed unnecessary by players staking their careers/livlihoods each shift. A tough team lets it be known that they will respond in force to opponents that recklessly endanger their players. Will this curb suspensions, hits, or whichever proxy we want to use to represent on-ice injustice? Maybe, but at least our players know that we'll dish the punishment right back and that helps to make us a little bit more difficult to play against.

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