The Globe and Mail
Never at a loss of words, Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke jokingly challenged anyone who wants to rid hockey of fighting to a fight. Mr. Burke and his fellow GMs from the National Hockey League will be discussing staged fights and predator-type hits at their annual meeting in Florida this week. The NHL Players Association is proposing a new rule concerning hits to the head but maintains that fighting is integral to the game. The league’s and the players association’s attempts to rein in fighting are disingenuous and insincere. They are pandering to a public fleeing the sport out of disinterest and disgust and trying to convince them that hockey is serious this time about it out of respect for the recent death of Don Sanderson of the Ontario Hockey Association. The game has a great deal of work to do yet to clean itself up.