Why is fighting allowed in hockey? Hockey players have been known to fight each other during games, and it’s not rare at all. Football players often get into fights too but they don’t knuckle- populism or anything like that; just handshakes followed by lots of violence if one party decides he wants more than what’s offered.
Those who love hockey will be the first to admit that it has a long and storied history of fighting. In fact, this centuries-old tradition is one reason why players are still allowed in today’s game – despite its more recent transition away from being physical towards sleek skating with puck possession play on offense or defense respectively. What many may not know though? There’s actually quite a nuance behind how these brawls happen during games; sometimes they’re initiated by someone else rather than participants themselves.
The 1970s were a time of brawling in hockey. Full-on fights broke out between players on the ice and during hockey games, even if it meant knocking someone else off their feet or onto yours. Though fighting in hockey was at its peak during the 1970s, many teams employed multiple enforcers or “goons” who were responsible for beating up on opposing players.
Teams like the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins of the NHL employed their size, physicality and fighting prowess to multiple Stanley Cup championships in the decade.
The decline of fighting in the NHL is a result not only of stricter penalties but also because many players today feel that it has become too frequent. Recently polls show this trend continues with modern-day hockey players who want their sport back will be able to fight whenever they please. The fact is, fighting has been in hockey since the sport’s earliest days.
Policing the Game
When a player commits an infraction in hockey, they are often called upon to back up their actions with fists. This “The Code” is understood by all players and carries some unwritten rules where if you cross boundaries say by taking physical liberties against another skilled party it will not be tolerated – there can only be one winner.
“There’s a million different ways that it can happen,” says Washington Capitals enforcer Tom Wilson to NBC Sports Washington. “It’s the No. 1 question that everyone always asks. How does a fight start? Why does a fight start? You just kind of have to be out there, feel it out and make a decision.”
In effect, players like Wilson act as on-ice police officers who either ensure their team receives justice when an opponent crosses the line or whose mere presence negates any chance of that happening.
“Probably all my fights are with a hit that I don’t agree with at the time,” says Wilson’s teammate Devante Smith-Pelly. “If you’re right there and you’re the first guy and you feel like that’s what you should do, then you’ve got to do it,” Smith-Pelly said.
Preventing Collateral Damage
Hockey players are the most physical athletes in professional team sports because they need to be able not only to skate but also fight. A player can get injured really easily if he or she doesn’t know how to play well with their hands and feet at all times. Some say that without fighting in hockey, players would be encouraged to take up stick infractions and dangerous “stick work.”
Hockey purists have been known for their defense of the role of fighting in hockey. They claim that a stick can inflict more damage than punches and this is why it’s important because without these brawls between players from different teams there would be no sport as we know it.
Hockey is an intense sport that can lead to emotional responses like anger and frustration. Players often lose their cool in these situations, but fighting offers them a way out of the problem with revenge on minds or just getting even for what was done against you previously. The NHL is all about safety, which means that they’re always looking for ways to make players safer. One recent innovation was making sure every player wears a fight strap—a piece of Velcro attached around their neck with an elastic cord inside to prevent any loose gear from coming off during gameplay.
Hockey is a sport that has always been about more than just fighting. It was brought to America by Canadians who loved hockey for its violence and intensity, but it’s evolved over time into something different now with an emphasis on speed rather than brawling skillset -fights still happen though they’re becoming less popular because there are other ways you can win such as faster skate or goal-scoring ability.
Are All Hockey Fights Real?
There is a code for hockey fights and it’s not about who starts the action, but rather how you finish. The key factor in deciding who wins an offensive or defensive battle on ice-based sports such as WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) Championship grappling matches are considered “sanctioned” versus un-sanctioned offenses like throwing punches before your opponent does; this tradition has carried over into Canada where players drop their gloves when they’re getting ready to square off against another participant with similar weights/weights – even if there wasn’t any previous history between them whatsoever.