I realize that I have facetiously asked for a hard copy of hockey’s “code” before.
Those, both in and outside the sport, who believe fighting needs to be part of the NHL game have yet to provide statistics showing a link between fighting and winning.
To repeat: if you have those numbers I’d be happy to see them.
Those inside the sport, particularly players, respect peers who fight.
39-year-old Jarome Iginla of the Los Angeles Kings earned a lot of points within the hockey community Monday by dropping the gloves with Patrick Maroon of the Oilers. (Maroon is eleven years younger than Iginla).
The fight came late in the second period with Edmonton up 2-0. The fight didn’t equal a win.The Kings never even scored a goal.
I almost never see a fight have a direct impact on the score of a game. However, the majority of NHL players believe it can.
Because of that, you have to give Iginla credit for trying to change the course of a game that wasn’t going L.A’s way.