I think it's here to stay, as much as we don't want it to. Remember there was a time in history - Roman era - where it wasn't considered a good sporting event if there werent several men beaten or mauled to death in an afternoon.
Unfortunatley we are on a never-ending drive to be what some view as more 'civilised', and physical hockey is the latest victim.
"Not tonight. My mom is in the stands." - Dave Brown, when Jim McKenzie tried to get him to fight one night.