October 2, 2013 by andymisek
During the third period of last nights game between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, George Parros and Colton Orr squared off for the second time. At the end of the fight, Orr slipped, pulling Parros forward. Parros hit his face on the ice and lay motionless for a few moments. He had to be carried off the ice on a stretcher and went to the hospital where he was responsive and diagnosed with a concussion. It was an extremely frightening sight and we hope for a speed recovery.
The injury to Parros brings up an overly discussed point in hockey: whether or not to ban fights from the NHL. With the league trying to fight concussions, it seems counter productive to have fights continue to play a part in the game. Many also argue that the idea of a momentum shift from a fights means very little.
I feel that fights should remain; fans enjoy them, the players continue to engage despite the risks, and it is evident that it brings another level of adrenalin to the teams. What do you think about banning fighting?