To fight or not to fight that is the question…
And it keeps going un answered because as hockey fans we are already a niche market in the United States and those that make the decisions about the direction of the sport are invested in keeping all of us interested.
Hockey is a physical sport and as a fan and having gone to school for sports management I enjoy the skill, the passion, the contact that comes in a game; but I know they come at cost. We have injuries, fluke ones like with Mike Modano’s wrist last season and Taylor Hall being stepped on this season in warm up. Hockey is a dangerous sport; but are we making it more dangerous than it needs to be?
There are good fights and bad fights; just as there are good hits and bad hits, in hockey. A fight can change momentum, it can wake the crowd up and the home team can feed off of that. A fight or a hit that leaves a player badly injured can also change a game and dampen the crowd.
In this book Fighting the Good Fight: Why On-Ice Violence is Killing The Sport of Hockey Proteau takes a look at why he has more in common with Todd Bertuzzi than you would think; why is the NHL the only major sports league to use hate to sell; why is the North American game more violent than hockey that is played in Europe; players that had their careers cut short due to injury and the loss of their playing longer hampered the growth of teams and the sport; and more!
Heading into the book as a hockey fan you already have your own preference on the fighting, hits and the game itself; no matter your stance on the issue Adam Proteau’s book is a must read for anyone that loves the sport of ice hockey and wants to see it continue to grow.
You can order a copy of Fighting the Good Fight at Amazon.