Have a Major
Miroslav Satan and Petr Sykora picked up their first fighting majors last night. Never mind that punches sans gloves never happened, the gloved shots seemed to be enough to warrant FMs. Gloves were shed, but there was only some hugging and dancing before the Czech and Slovak were easily split apart by the linesmen. Velvety, I guess.
I’ll see your McKenzie and raise you a Spector
Bob McKenzie is a good NHL analyst to have. He’s a staple come trade deadline day, and free agent signing day. His latest blog entry is that he’s ambivalent about fighting in hockey and doesn’t care whether or not it’s tolerated. My favorite not-really-fighting-related part:
But if it were announced tomorrow that fighting in any league, including the NHL or Major Junior hockey, would be punishable by automatic ejection, I wouldn’t stop watching it, I wouldn’t stop buying a ticket. I wouldn’t wring my hands and say, woe is me.
Bob McKenize of TSN buys hockey tickets? Seriously? Are we supposed to believe that?
I definitely got a laugh from that one.
Mark Spector of the National Post had a different view on the “controversy”:
I love the game and have covered the league for nearly 20 years. But sports writers do not get the right to call themselves fans, because my press pass gets me in for free. I make no tangible investment in the game.
The Canadian hockey fan likes fighting in the NHL—period. This isn’t about junior hockey. It’s about the NHL, a league that has never been healthier in Canada than it is today.
So where is the debate?
NHL players don’t want to ban fighting. NHL management does not want to ban fighting. NHL fans express nightly that they like a good tussle.
The debate is in the only place it’s ever been, the media.
McCarty to play tonight
“He told me he’s ready to go. I expect to see him in the lineup,” Holland said. “I’m excited for him. I like Darren, he’s worked very hard to get himself in this position. I’m hopeful he can help us.”
Thanks to Steve in the Philly area for letting me know about Riley Cote and Kidd Chris on the Kidd Chris Show talking about hockey, fights, and this website. I don’t have a clip of it, but if anyone out there does, give me a shout.
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