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Tailing the Komets

A story Brad MacMillan sent me

Another New York Times story about fighting, this one about the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League where Mac played a little. ``I played there in Melfort in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League,'' Mac said. ``Got to love small town Saskatchewan where hockey is life.''

``This season in the N.H.L., the number of fights is down 15 percent compared with last year at this time,'' the story says. ``The W.H.L., however, still averages about one fight per game — similar to last season’s rate.''



Don Wharton
Fri, 03/02/2012 - 8:33am

Remember all the comments about the fans staying away if there were no fights?  The picture in this article shows the "huge" crowd (of one old guy) watching the fight.  I still contend fighting doesn't bring fans in - hard-nosed winning hockey does.  Play the game the way it's supposed to be played.

Fri, 03/02/2012 - 12:08pm

I think next year in MLB that they should remove the pitcher position.  Over the past few years pitchers have become more brave at throwing hard at the batters they don't like or have a grudge against.  They should go to more of a T-ball style format completely removing any option of the batters getting hurt from 100+ mph fastballs.  Yeap, I think this would cut down on the tension and bench clearing brawls.

Sat, 03/03/2012 - 8:29am

I feel like to many people are trying to change history and fighting is part of hockey fighting has beeen around since the game started and a fight shows a lot and some players get that respect that way between players because they stood up for what they believe in ....i think changing the game is wrong thing to do .... to much say so from the higher ups that never played the game ..... i played 15 years and my dad 22 years and my grandfather 24 years and my uncle 22 years and my cousin 16 years we all believe thats part of the game ...