Godstud wrote:It might just have more to do with them doing other things like slashing, dirty hits, and such, instead of simply fighting. Good on ya for being a hockey fan!
Ohh yeah, hockey is the best sport ever. I go to the minor league games here in the southern United States all the time. When I was a kid living in New England I played left wing and goal tender. Fighting in the sport of ice hockey is a necessity to keep the sport safer. It's all about deterrence. Much like say the Army for example! My favorite players in ice hockey are the enforcers. They are the soldiers of ice hockey. The guys who hate fighting but have to fight. They are also the most selfless guys and are not "goons." It might come as a surprise but some of the great enforcers of NHL ice hockey graduated top notch universities here in the United States like Yale for example.
They become enforcers because they don't have the kind of talent like Wayne Gretzky had for example, but they had a talent for fighting. So, they basically sacrifice their mind, body and soul for the team so that the team can play in a safe environment and live up to it's full potential. But they are also the most moral guys too. When an enforcer does his job right, fans of the opposing team HATE him, but his team mates and the fans of his team LOVE HIM. You know an enforcer is doing his job right when the fans of the opposing team fans hang effigy's up of him in the ice rink just before and during a game but his team's fans along with his fellow team mates love him.
Because he is sacrificing his mind soul and body so the Wayne Gretzky's of ice hockey can live up to their full potential and talent and play the game in a safe environment. If wasn't for enforcers, the Gretzky's of hockey wouldn't be last that long because they would become a target for dirty play because they are so talented at scoring goals. My favorite enforcer was Tony Twist. Loved the guy. He's one bad dude.