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.