There are fewer fights in the NHL compared to a few years ago and I like that.
I may be in the minority.
But just when I think the NHL is making some strides, a player takes the league back to the Stone Age.
On Tuesday night, Boston’s Brad Marchand appeared to target the head of New Jersey’s Marcus Johansson. Marchand, who is shorter than Johansson, turned and raised his elbow for it to make contact with Johansson’s helmet.
Years ago I had the good fortune of sitting with two NHL players from the 1970s. One of them told me that a player would yell “heads up” or “coming in” when he was about to make a hit on another.
Those days appear to be long gone. An unsuspecting Johansson didn’t have a chance last night.
While there’s been a decrease in fighting, there’s also been a decrease in player respect at times as well.