Fighting isn’t down in the NHL. It’s damn near extinct.
There have been 116 fights in the League thus far in 2015-16; the HockeyFights.com projection for the full season is 334 fights, which would mean fewer fights this season than we had when the lockout devoured 510 games in 2012-13 (347 fights in 720 games).
There have been 98 games with a fight this season, which means we’ve had more games go to overtime (102) than have brawls in them. (As if you needed a better example of where the NHL is in 2015 …)
The decline of fighting likely brings varying degrees of celebration to different people.
There are those who have always found the act Neanderthalic and a pox on the sport. There are those who lamented the sideshow fights that derailed games, and the fourth-line goons that participated in them, and feel the NHL is a better place now that enforcers can’t find a dance partner.
There are those who feel it’s impossible to have quasi-endorsement of fighting by the NHL at the same time itRead More »from What fans lose as the NHL loses hockey fighting