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20 out of 20 NHL players agree: Fighting shouldn’t be banned

Dec 2, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

Fight, fight, fight AP

When asked if the NHL should ban fighting, a 20-player panel was unanimous in its opinion – No.

That finding courtesy ESPN, which polled a diverse group of 20 NHLers about the role of fighting in today’s game. The panel was a varied one, comprised of enforcers, all-stars, North Americans, Europeans, players with mustaches, players without mustaches, etc.

Among the other findings:

—-Bruins forward Brad Marchand led the “players I’d like to fight” category.

—-Pittsburgh’s Steve MacIntyre was the most terrifying fighter.

—-Four of the six enforcers polled said they weren’t taught how to scrap. “You learn more through experience. When I was younger, in the WHL, I lost a lot of fights. That’s how you learn.”

Most important, though, is the fact none of the 20 players wanted fighting banned, a sentiment that’s been confirmed in previous player polls. Now let’s watch a good, old-fashioned brawl:

  1. govtminion - Dec 2, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Player #21 would have asked for fighting to be removed, but it was just Rick DiPietro.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 2, 2011 at 4:48 PM

      Loved the Brent Johnson stiff arm to the face.

  2. pastabelly - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Yeah, they’d like to fight Marchand because he’s 5’9″ 180 pounds. He’s the Ken Linseman of this era. He’s come a long way in a year.

    • davebabychreturns - Dec 2, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      Heh, I am pretty sure the list of reasons a bunch of players around the league would love to “fight” (ie. maul) Brad Marchand extends just a little bit beyond his tiny stature.

      • govtminion - Dec 2, 2011 at 4:55 PM

        To be fair, they asked about fighting, not strangling with bare hands. ;)

      • danphipps01 - Dec 2, 2011 at 4:59 PM

        Yes, well, these things are open to interpretation. ;)

  3. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Dec 2, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    There is a need for fighting in hockey but it’s time to add no touch icing and seriously suspend players for intent to injure

    • drewsylvania - Dec 2, 2011 at 4:49 PM

      For me, keep icing the way it is. It’s fun to watch those races to the puck.

  4. rca26 - Dec 2, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Took me a second to realize that wasn’t two different Winnipeg Jets fighting each other. The Jackets should stick to their primaries.

  5. betrayedbylife - Dec 3, 2011 at 1:51 AM

    bruins fan but if marchand wasn’t with boston i would love to watch him get beat

  6. bostonianpride - Dec 3, 2011 at 2:28 AM

    Betrayed im in the same category. True Bruins fan all the way but if Marchand wasn’t a Bruin I would hate him almost as much as I HATE Avery!!!!

  7. yepurwrong - Dec 3, 2011 at 8:43 AM

    Hockey fights are not really fights. Sort of horseplay, much like PSU. A true fight doesn’t involve skates and only wanting to fight because our team is getting their Azzez beat.

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