What Does Connor McDavid’s Injury Reveal About Fighting in the NHL?

November 12th, 2014 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

Connor McDavid is one of those rare prospects whom scouts praise as a franchise-defining player. Not since Sidney Crosby has a prospect been touted in the way that the Erie Otters’ centre has. Anything that impacts a skater of that calibre is obviously going to be big news in the hockey world. Fighting, meanwhile, is perhaps the most controversial issue in hockey today, with its place in the game heatedly debated by the camps on either side of the debate.

So it’s only to be expected that when McDavid breaks his hand in a fight against an opponent, it sparks all sorts of conversation. But as inevitable as the discussion is, it’s also a little silly.  

The issue of fighting in the NHL and more generally in hockey period is a mammoth one with so many different facets that keying in on a single incident, even one involving a player like McDavid, doesn’t make sense. For team owners, the people who will ultimately decide what happens to fighting, it probably doesn’t even rate a mention on the list of pros and cons that they need to balance, a list which includes items like:

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