Obviously not every kind of hit, that was a bit of a hyperbole on my part. But, come on, stop being argumentative, you're acting like we haven't seen time and time again fights start over the slightest of things.
Clean hit=fight.(Sometimes this deserves a fight, but a lot of times these fights are complete overreactions)
Dirty hit=fight(this one deserves fighting)
Perceived dirty hit, but actually not=fight
Guys are so worried about being perceived as bad teammates, they go out of their way to protect a teammate-sometimes for no reason.
Fights take place for just about any reason; a staged fight between 2 enforcers, a fight breaks out due to 'heat of the moment', or a fight breaks out due to a hit (be it clean, or dirty).
As long as fighting is tolerated at the pro level of hockey - some GMs/coaches will seek out players who are capable of doing so...A significant portion of guys that do engage in fisticuffs at the NHL/AHL level began fighting as teens while playing junior hockey in Canada...So standing up for a teammate is not some new, or original concept that sprung up at the highest level of the game.
The staged fights I can live with, or without.....I do however like seeing the team stand up for one another.....Shanny said it best some years ago while he was still a Red Wing; hoping his teammates don't mind killing off a pp if he is assessed an additional pen by going after an opponent who he feels took a run, or advantage of a teammate.
You can say - 'that was then, but this is now' in regards to how the game is being played...Well - that notion might be applied to the Red Wings since for the last several seasons we've seen Detroit at the bottom of the list for fighting majors, but lets be honest - other teams locker rooms would rather see justice met on the ice that night than a few days later in Toronto courtesy of a conference call.
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