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Prust on banning fighting: “More guys would get hurt”

Dec 11, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

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Add New York Rangers forward Brandon Prust to the list of NHLers that believe fighting should remain in the game of hockey.

“Fighting is an honorable thing to do,” Prust told the New York Daily News. “A cheap shot is not. When you fight, you’re standing up for a teammate. You look a guy in the eye, ask him if he wants to go, he says he wants to go, and you fight. Elbowing someone in the head is cowardly.”

Prust also downplayed the notion that removing fighting from the game would decrease the number of injuries.

“More guys would get hurt,” he said. “You’d have people running around, going after top players. There have to be consequences for going after a [Marian] Gaborik or a [Brad] Richards.”

If anybody’s qualified to speak about the importance of fighting’s role, it’s Prust. He’s the NHL’s third-most active pugilist this year (with eight fights) and recently received praise from head coach John Tortorella for his willingness to stand up for teammates.

“He has balls as big as the building doesn’t he?” Tortorella said after Prust fought Zac Rinaldo and Wayne Simmonds in a 2-0 win over Philadelphia last month. “He set the tone. Pruster, he’s been in and out as far as my trust in his game. I think his game is beginning to come back. But today, I thought he stood tall, and he set the tone right away.”

If you’re wondering how Prust prepares for battle, here’s video of him working out with UFC lightweight contender Sam Stout:

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Why is this now a daily discussion? The players want fighting left alone and so do most of the fans. To anyone who has such a serious problem with fighting, nobody is stopping you from watching European hockey or finding another sport to watch altogether

    • frankvzappa - Dec 11, 2011 at 2:30 PM

      It is a daily discussion because it is propaganda. They will bombard the world with this anti-fighting fascist bs until powerful people who have no business in such matters will pressure the league to abandon the practice. This decision has already been made, like everything else that happens in this world, and it is just a matter of getting the people to acquiesce to the the decision that has already been made.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 11, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Of course, how could I be so naive? Members of the Illuminati working in the CIA covertly assassinated those enforcers last summer in order to persuade the masses to eliminate fighting in hockey so that the sport will be a better fit in the New World Order. It just makes so much sense…….

  3. betrayedbylife - Dec 11, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    nobody wants fighting out of hockey. no matter how many articles you post, that is not going to change. the few who want fighting out are either:

    a. fairweather fans
    b. people who get their hockey info from the national news
    c. morons who think there is some sort of connection between fighting and suicide/death for hockey players. these same morons happen to ignore every other factor in a player’s life that could (and does) contribute to their unfortunate end

    stop posting about banning fighting. no true fan has ever brought it up. it is a media fallacy that you, for some reason, continue to push onto the readers of this site.

    • babykaby - Dec 12, 2011 at 1:41 PM

      They keep bringing up the same garbage because they are inept at their jobs. They are too lazy to actually search for something new to write about. It’s much easier to sit on their butts and keep regurgitating the same crap.

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