It’s easy to see why the true die hard hockey fans don’t like fighting. It disrupts the play. Causes unwanted injuries. And it’s just kind of silly. I’m an old school guy in a new school world. I’m not afraid to admit it — I like fighting. It might be a senseless act in the hockey leagues in 2012, but to me it’s an icon of the sport. Something that sets it apart from every other major league sport in North America (UFC? Boxing? Different animals).
I’ll not convince you otherwise because there are pros and cons to both sides of the argument. Instead, I’ll point you to the Alex Plante rage face picture on this post. Look at the sheer joy on the faces of Oklahoma City hockey fans. Sure it might slightly be an anebreiated crowd, but it’s a happy crowd. One that cheers fighting, the Barons, and the victorious warrior. Fight. On.