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Should Fighting Be Allowed in Hockey?
Fighting pushes hockey to a greater level than most sports. Without fighting, the sport would be with out its unwritten laws that gives the game its grit. The players known as enforcers, or goons, whose main purpose is to fight, would be missed out on. Fighting helps define hockey, and it is essential to the popularity and integrity.
It is argued that fighting tears down the attractiveness of hockey, but it actually makes it more exciting. Rivalries are more intense with goons in the game, which can promote the sport to fans who like to watch their favorite players go fight with the opposition's toughest players. Besides advocating the grit and guts of hockey, fighting is attractive to fans who enjoy the thought that goes into maing match-ups. Enforcers are used to intimidate opposing players, and if use correctly, can be game changers.
In what might seem like a contradiction, fighting helps regulate penalties. Some times an official may be oblivious to a cheap shot, but because of the incorporation of fighting, players can regulate the game themselves, allowing them to regulate areas where conventional rules stall. For example, fighting helps dull down actions that have bad intentions, because they know that they may not get away with their actions. In turn, the players can protect their star players from being bullied. The reluctance for cheap shots goes a long way in keeping the sport stable.
Enforcers bring an interesting spin to the game. With the need to protect star players from injury to do belligerent opponents, the enforcer's role became important and let the fans see players they may have not otherwise had seen. Hockey fans would have missed out on some of the games star enforcers, such as Dave Semenko and Bob Probert, who brought their fresh talents to the sport.
Banning fighting in hockey would be detrimental to its excitement. Hockey is a brutal sport and appeals to fans that enjoy controlled violence. With the game being a fast paced contact sport, players need fighting to regulate the game beyond the rule book. They need the ability to protect their teammates, especially their star players who have a target on their head. Enforcers play an important role that is irreplaceable. The sport would never be the same if players were forced to play nicely.