Fighting in hockey is making headlines once again. More and more people are now realizing the impact it has on the
life and on the health of the players. Should fighting be banned from hockey? That is the question that a lot of people
are asking right now. A lot of articles on the subject are surfacing and I've read a couple of them on this blog as well.
Some say that fighting is a part of the game and should be banned while others condemn fighting in hockey and think it
shouldn't have a place in the sport.
I'm following a Social Services class at the University of Ottawa and the professor brought something to our attention. He was talking about fighting and violence in the sport and how it shouldn't have a place and there is no need for fighting in the game. I personally think that fighting should be penalized a lot more than just a five minute penalty. I don't think it should be eliminated, but the league should be a lot more severe and there shouldn't be a need for fighters on a team.
The professor also mentioned something that hit home for me. He showed us something that I completely missed at first. He showed us the Ottawa Senators advertising campaign for there 3, 4 or 6 game pack titled "Pick your battles" and showed the line fight that occurred in last year's playoffs against the Canadiens. The professor thought that it encouraged fighting and violence in the sport and thus made a petition for the Ottawa Senators to have them remove or modify the advertisement.
What are your thoughts on this? Is it too far-fetched? Does the Senators advertisement campaign actually encourage violence? If so, what does that say about our society?
Please share your thoughts and opinions in the comments and if you would like to sign the petition, I'll be making one online very soon. Thank you for your time!