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Hockey Fights

August 26, 2019

What is different about hockey in relationship
to football, basketball, baseball, golf, volleyball and quite frankly any other major sport you
can name, excluding boxing and martial arts contests…damn…I think I just gave the
answer away. Well for those of you who don’t know…the answer is (Drumroll)…Fighting! Hockey is the only sport that not only has
and encourages fighting, but also has unwritten rules (according to Wikipedia) for spontaneous
and sometimes pre-meditated bouts. However…the NHL website (annotation)
has specific rules for fighting outlined. Rule 46.1 states that ‘A fight shall be deemed
to have occurred when at least one player (or goalkeeper) punches or attempts to punch
an opponent repeatedly or when two players wrestle in such a manner as to make it difficult
for the Linesmen (referee) to intervene and separate the combatants.’ Rule 46.2 states that ‘The aggressor in an
altercation shall be the player who continues to throw punches in an attempt to inflict
punishment on his opponent who is in a defenseless position or who is an unwilling combatant.’
Now here’s the funny part…the second part of this rule states ‘A player must be deemed
the aggressor when he has clearly won the fight but he continues throwing and landing
punches in a further attempt to inflict punishment and/or injury on his opponent who is no longer
in a position to defend himself. A player who is deemed to be the aggressor
of an altercation shall be assessed a major penalty for fighting and a game misconduct.’
So the way I’m translating it is that if you didn’t start the fight to begin with, but
end up stomping the guy into the ground or ice, then all of a sudden you are now the
aggressor and will be thrown in the penalty box for 5 minutes due to the Major Penalty
rule and then when that time is completed you will be ejected from the game, which falls
under the Game Misconduct section. Incredible…they encourage fighting and then penalize you for
doing it. That’s like okaying the murder of other people and then putting you on trial
for actually doing it. Does this make any sense whatsoever? You’re going to hold me
responsible for a fight somebody else started, because I whipped their ass? I think I understand why persons of color
(and when I say color, I mean black people) are not trying to dominate this sport…Too
often as it is already do we get accused of doing things we had absolutely nothing to
do with…No sense adding a bogus aggressor charge in Hockey to that list.

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