A Call For an End to Fighting in Hockey
Jim Kelley, who writes for Sportsnet.ca, in his most recent column has called for an end to fighting in hockey. Referring to a recent life-threatening injury received by an amateur player involved in a fight, Kelley states that "Eliminating fighting, an aspect of the game simply not allowed in any other pro sport, even the ones were violent contact is 'part of the game' would be that safety net not for the people in the seats, but for the players on the ice."
This call to end fighting by Kelley will likely create a firestorm in the hockey journalism and fan world as the age-old debates will continue. Just this past weekend, hockey broadcaster Don Cherry criticized a Toronto Maple Leaf player for not living up to the hockey code when he refused a fight earlier in the game and then fought later.