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Bring Back The Bruise Bros

CHL, Other Junior Leagues Look to Ban Fighting

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I'm of the group that doesn't think fighting does all that much in the game aside from getting fans out of their seat, but my opinion isn't shared by all, including some NHL coaches and GMs. Banning fighting in feeder leagues is going to take away an asset in prospects that some fans and NHL staff members value, which is discouraging to hear.

At the same time, the nervous system is still developing in these prospects and I don't know if it's worth the long-term risk of brain damage that blows to the head can cause. I imagine that if fighting (ie shots to the head) can cause a negative response in fully grown adults, it really can't be good for kids who are still developing neurologically.

Edited by Echolalia

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If they ban fighting there will be way more dirty stuff in the game. Players knowing that there's no fighting would not be what the game needs.

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a lot of people attend junior games for fights...

I believe it. Down here in Toledo, while we have the Walleye and the nice new arena and family atmosphere now, I remember the Storm days where people attending a game pretty much expected to see a fight, and see the boys kick some ass.

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There's a reason us college hockey is so much chippier than chl hockey and it's because the only way to get back at someone for being chippy is to be chippy right back. I'd be interested in knowing how many people around here that grew up playing hockey are people who want to get rid of it. I can understand getting the goons out of the leagues, but fighting is in the game for a reason.

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Say hello to high sticks, cheap shots, and dirty plays. Hey wait, since the players are wearing helmets we can keep our stick up without any harm done. Hey the glass is higher now. Shoot High.

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This is a constant annoyance at this point, and I hate the direction that leagues are going with this.

Hockey is all for the fans, right? Tell me the last time you saw a fight break out during a hockey game and the fans didn't explode in cheers like a goal was just scored. It's exciting, fans love it, I love it, it's always been part of the game and needs to stay part of the game.

If the NHL does this, and I can see it happening at some point, Mr. Howe will shake his head in disgust as will most of the other retired players and long time fans of the sport.

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a lot of people attend junior games for fights...

I remember going to Whalers games looking forward to the fights.

Not sure why they would get rid of it unless they can actually find some direct cause of fighting to consistent life-altering head trauma, which they won't.

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Say hello to high sticks, cheap shots, and dirty plays. Hey wait, since the players are wearing helmets we can keep our stick up without any harm done. Hey the glass is higher now. Shoot High.

I agree. The testosterone is pretty high in kids these ages and fighting is a good outlet. If they ban fighting, I agree, there will be a lot more cheap shots, etc. that will cause physical harm.

branch is one of the biggest morons on planet earth, if you think bettman is bad you haven't seen anything.

I agree 100%. That idiot should have been gone a long time ago :ranting:

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I believe it. Down here in Toledo, while we have the Walleye and the nice new arena and family atmosphere now, I remember the Storm days where people attending a game pretty much expected to see a fight, and see the boys kick some ass.

My first hockey game was a Storm game! It was awesome, the thing I remember most was that there was a rowdy bunch of fans that sat behind the visitors bench and taunted/insulted them the whole game.

How expensive are the concessions at the Walleye games? I'm planning on making my way down there soon.

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The OHL has taken step in another direction...for now; from ontariohockeyleague.com:

Supplementary Discipline:

  • If a player is assessed a fighting major for the 11th – 15th time during the regular season, such player is assessed an automatic two (2) game suspension for each additional fighting major in addition to any other penalties assessed.
  • If a player is assessed a fighting major for the 16th time or more during the regular season, such player is assessed an automatic two (2) game suspension and the hockey club is fined $1,000.00 for each additional fighting major in addition to any other penalties assessed.
  • If a player is deemed to be the instigator in any of the fights above the ten (10) game threshold, such player would be assessed an automatic four (4) game suspension in addition to any other penalties assessed.

Note: If a player is instigated upon, the fighting major is not included in the player’s total number of fights.

Edited by cusimano_brothers

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Hockey wouldn't be hockey without fighting. I'd hate to see it leave.

Truth. My primary interest in hockey is the fighting and grit... it's what appeals to me and gets me out of my seat. Pacifistic, girly, European style hockey is uninteresting to me. They have already partly sissified the game by penalizing clutching and grabbing and for calling penalties on every little itty bitty iota of contact away from the puck... if they also move towards eliminating fighting they will likely lose a fan (me).

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The OHL has taken step in another direction...for now; from ontariohockeyleague.com:

didn't know we were playing soccer

Drastically change the game I grew up playing? my father grew up playing? and his father grew up playing? no thank you. hockey without fighting ISNT HOCKEY. its a domino effect.....changing the fighting aspect results in shifts in many other aspects of the sport as well. If you can't take the fighting to the point you need to never see it, GO WATCH SOCCER

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From TSN:

But just five weeks into the 2012-13 season, the new measure has had a dramatic influence on the numbers of fights across the league.

Fighting in the OHL is down 32.1 per cent after 119 games, compared to the same number of one year ago.

This move doesn't seem to have affected the quality of hockey.

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From TSN:

This move doesn't seem to have affected the quality of hockey.

The article doesn't mention "quality of hockey" at all. It just says because of the new rule (more than 10 fights a season = suspension) fights are down compared to the previous year, so far. Well duh?

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