I recently read in Sports Illustrated about an ex-NHL player who now puts on a camps and clinics to teach youth hockey players how to fight. I know it's part of the game and I believe that penalty minutes for fighting is at an all-time low... but maybe that's a good thing? What do you think--should youngsters be toughened up and encouraged to fight or should hockey move toward less fighting?
Good question, especially at a time when NHL tv ratings are at an all-time low (or at least near that level). I'm certainly no Hockey expert, but I think that fighting has always been incredibly lame, for lack of a better term. Why is it ok for grown men to fight on an ice rink, but if they do it on the street they can be arrested? And to be teaching kids how to fight? What the heck kind of example is that to be setting for our youth? I'm perfectly fine with kids learning how to defend themselves, but I don't think that a "fighting school" is about defending yourself, especially when it hides behind the facade of learning about Hockey. As a very casual Hockey observer, I like to watch a fight here and there and fights certainly help other casual observers like me stay interested, but is fighting what the NHL wants to fall back on to increase tv ratings? I doubt it.