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  • Paul Busch
    March 24, 2012 - 16:24

    Given the nature of the game, and the culture of hockey, the total elimination of fighting would be difficult. I would suggest adding a game misconduct for any fight and toss both combatants. If two players really want to resolve something they they still can but I would bet that it would have to be important. They would think twice about fighting and make better decisions on when to drop the gloves. Regarding the success rate of teams who fight the most - statistically the record shows that it hurts more than helps. Check out the stats in this blog - http://itsnotpartofthegame.blogspot.ca/2012/02/additional-statistics-on-impact-of.html - which has stats from the past 12 NHL seasons. Teams that fight the most are less successful than teams that fight the least. It also has some interesting observations about whether fighting polices the game, as some would suggest.