So first things first, hockey is definitely back! *golf clap* *golf clap*.

However, there is a more serious matter on hand, and that came in last nights season opener of the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens. In case you didn’t happen to catch the game between these two rival teams, you missed one hell of a show.

The real focal point of this blog though however, is surrounding the circumstances of the fight between Colton Orr and George Parros, two bonafide ‘tough guys’ of the league, that occurred in the early going of the 3rd period.

Toronto Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens
Watch the video here too see what happened:

George Parros ended up only sustaining a concussion, but that fight has already brought up a much larger debate, one involving the role of fighting the NHL and player safety. To be honest, that’s fine, I think that there needs to be some quality discussion from both the NHL and NHLPA as well as fans, specifically in regards to player safety and concussions. Especially in the recent light of Boogaard, Rypien and Belak who died in a span of 3 months not so long ago. In fact, the NHL just this year implemented a new helmet rule, that is supposed to prevent players from removing their helmet prior to a fight, a step which should help reduce ice induced concussions.

However, all of that being said, I do not like how this fight yesterday, is now being used as a facade or talking point to end fighting in hockey. It’s obvious the NHL is heading that direction, a direction that will possible end fighting in hockey in the not so near future, but in no way, shape or form, should this fight be used as a keystone in those discussions.

It was an accident, plain and simple. An unfortunate event that literally could have happened on any given play on the ice, from a trip to a hit from behind into the boards or from a player simply losing ones edge and hitting his head on the way down. If you watched the video, the fight didn’t caused the concussion, indirectly it did, but not directly. No punch connected that caused that and furthermore despite still having his helmet on, he still was concussed. So one can not simple sit here and point to this fight as a reason fighting the NHL should be banned. If you want to see fighting in the NHL go? Fine, but don’t use this freak accident as your supporting evidence.

What’s you opinion on the matter?

-Gonzo

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