Dropping the Gloves: Power Ranking the NHL’s Best Fighters

July 21st, 2010 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
It seems as if there's a new controversy that arises every NHL season that surrounds a particular facet of hockey as it is being played in that particular year. Be it hits to the head, exactly where the goalie should play the puck or the delicate art of diving; each season seems to have at least one major topic about which fans and pundits alike want to weigh in on. However hot these topics might get in a given season, there is one aspect of the game around which controversy rages year in and year out. It's as old as the game itself, as are the arguments that support or denounce its inclusion in the greatest sport on ice. I'm speaking of course, of fighting. Every season, there's a slew of opinion pieces produced about the merits or demerits of fighting in hockey. Some say it detracts from the skill of the game, others see it as an invaluable part of on ice competition. For every hand-wringer that points to a (rare) instance of serious injury resulting from fighting, there's another purist that points to the relative safety of the act, as engaged in by well practiced professionals. For my part, I believe that fighting is not only acceptable, but essential to the game of ho ...

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