Let me get straight to the point, fighting isn’t the problem in hockey. Hockey is the problem. When I saw that fighting was likely to be a hot button topic when the NHL general managers get together, I rolled my eyes — I have heard this one before.
Everytime something bad happens, this conversation comes up. Should fighting be allowed in hockey? Better yet, does it still have a place in the game?
You can get 10 different answers from 10 different people if you were to ask them that two-part question. Me personally? I love fighting. It is what separates hockey from other sports, and it isn’t the actual fist being thrown that attracts me to it, it goes beyond that.
It is the respect I have for the players who are willing to put their futures and potentially their lives on the line for the good of the team. The brotherhood exemplified every time a player rushes to a teammate’s rescue after a dirty hit, it’s a rare sight in sports, and at times, life.
But if I must let go of an aspect of the game, I’d love to prevent what happened last week between the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers; I would be willing to do so for the good of the sport.
It is truly sad that it has come to that, instead of taking action and making these players who take the sacred right of standing up for their teammates for granted and disgrace the game like Ray Emery did, and make them responsible for what they do. The league instead looks at a “problem” that isn’t even a problem.
If the NHL was smart, as well as the general managers, they would take action on the player, and make him accountable, and not punish the fans and the rest of the players for the actions of one player.
Suspend a goalie 10 games for leaving the crease for a fight? So a goalie is suppose to sit idly by while the other goalie stays in his crease and becomes in the middle of a fight? Or one of his brothers is being attacked. You are saying that because one man’s disgraceful actions are going to make you take away every other player’s right to stand up for their teammate.
That’s like saying because one kid stole a Kit Kat, so no other kid is allowed to buy a Kit Kat. Maybe that’s how things will be from now on.
However sad and unfortunate that is.
Anthony Murphy is a contributing writer for RantSports.com. You can contact him by email at AMurphy540@pullinamurph.com or follow him on Twitter @AMurphyTFC.