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What role does fighting play in hockey? Is it important?

I believe that fighting is no longer necessary in hockey and that the game has improved immensely with the removal of clutching and grabbing, holding, and impeding. Fans can now enjoy watching players compete for loose pucks and space to try and score.
 
Transcript: "I want to start by saying that I really like where the game is at right now and I've coached for a long time and I believe that the game has improved immensely over the years. When they took clutching and grabbing holding impeding, the progress of a player. Either the puck carrier, or the non Puck carrier taking away the center line to open up the game. I think is all taking hockey just to another level from a spectator point of view. But also from participants point of view is Is fighting necessary in the game, I don't believe so. I believe fighting is going away at all levels and for me as a coach and for our players, I love to see them compete in loose Puck battles or compete in front of the net for space and time to try and score. Those are the competitive things in the games that the fans can. Now enjoy when fighting disappears from the game."
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Mike Johnston

Olympic, NHL, WHL Coach/GM
I want to start by saying that I really like where the game is at right now and I've coached for a long time and I believe that the game has improved immensely over the years. When they took clutching and grabbing holding impeding, the progress of a player. Either the puck carrier, or the non Puck carrier taking away the center line to open up the game. I think is all taking hockey just to another level from a spectator point of view. But also from participants point of view is Is fighting necessary in the game, I don't believe so. I believe fighting is going away at all levels and for me as a coach and for our players, I love to see them compete in loose Puck battles or compete in front of the net for space and time to try and score. Those are the competitive things in the games that the fans can. Now enjoy when fighting disappears from the game.
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Al Morganti

2022 Media Hockey Hall of Fame inductee
So the question in what world is fighting playing hockey and isn't important? This is a complicated issue. And you know what, it's been complicated since I first started covering the sport in the 70s, when I was far more important, the intimidation factor of the Flyers and the Bruins and and Team Canada against the Soviets. At the time, it's become less and less important fighting in hockey and just fighting on its own, I think is is dinosaur ish. It's basically gone just not Four Knuckles, if you will, but there is still an element there. I guess I would say a willingness to fight a willingness to play physically a willingness to protect teammates, it's been a part of the game in North America, for certainly for so long. It's less and less of a part, but I think there will always be that something, there, there will always be something about standing up for a team. A responding to a big hit protecting goaltender, if you will. So it's, it's less important. Ortant. But it still has a place in my opinion, in hockey, but it can't be the old time. Let's just trade. Let's just, you know, throw hands for the sake of throwing hands. There's better be a good reason and I think that it gets minimized and minimized as the years as the years passed by but I don't think you'll ever be a sport where it doesn't exist at all. They're always be. That one thing that makes the sport that much different than any others. Thank you for the question.
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Jeff Ulmer

Pro Hockey player (19 years) - AHL Coach
Obviously a touchy subject with fighting, but I like the spur of the moment battles. So sometimes that does lead to a fight, which I know a lot of people, like some people don't like, I don't like the scripted ones as much. I think those are kind of Gone by the wayside, although I used to when I was a kid. I used to like that part of it, but it's still really race is the energy on the bench, cell phone. When you see a guy that's willing to drop his gloves and and sort it out that way. So while I do think it's a role, there is still a role in it. I don't think the scripted fights are doing anything really great for the game.