Did anyone else besides me catch the fightfest in Vancouver Saturday night between the NHL Calgary Flames and the Vancouver Canucks? Opening face off and both teams ignore the puck and instead all players on the ice paired up except for the goalies and proceeded to slug it out. What made this rare event an even rarer event was the coach of Vancouver made his way to the Flames dressing room between periods to confront and slug it out with the Calgary coach. For that he got suspended and rightly so.
For all the changes to the game over the last ten years whenever you have 200lb bodies colliding, intentionally or not all night long and night after night, tempers will explode and something like this fiasco takes place. The hockey purists love it and the people worried about a game like this tempering the league’s unprecedented growth create an old debate once more.