THE NHL has just suspended Raffi Torres for 25 games for slamming an opposing player into the ice.  There are many stories in the media that hockey is too violent.

But is it?  Ratings  are higher than ever both in the United States and Canada. The sports editor of the Montreal Gazette wrote on Saturday:  « Face it:  Fans want violence. »

And here is what Don Cherry said about violence:  « The fans who pay the money love it.  The players don’t seem to mind it;  the coaches don’t seem to mind it.  So who is it who doesn’t like the fights and the banging around?  It’s the reporters who get in free.  This is war.  This has been going on forever.

Is  hockey too violent?

What do you think?


  1. 1

    Hockey has been too violent for quite a while, so much so that they toughened up the rules a few years ago and greatly improved the game as a sport.
    The fans who understand hockey don’t want it to be violent, just like the fans of football and soccer, where the rules are much stricter. Don Cherry is a provocative ass, as usual, but the great majority of the players are beginning to realize that they pay the price the rest of their – shortened – lives for the brutal behavior of the « enforcers ».

  2. 2
    Janus Bellator Says:

    When boxing is banned, I will believe that hockey fans who understand the game don’t want its violence.

  3. 3

    This week there was a big deal made of a school yard incident in Hudson (near Montreal) where one High school student beat up another, while many others stood around, watched and filmed the scene to post to Youtube. No one stepped in to call 911 or stop the fight.
    Please, tell me where these young people learned that it was all right to be a spectator to violence.
    Is it too late?

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