from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, Fighting in hockey is from another era, just like the three-martini lunch, just like the winking-and-nodding at the individual who gets behind the wheel after indulging in that lunch.
Game 7 of the epochal 1994 Eastern Conference Finals between the Rangers and Devils stands as the greatest hockey game ever played at the Garden. There wasn’t a single fight in the masterpiece theatre of the Blueshirts’ 2-1 double overtime victory.
The argument that eliminating fighting from the game would deprive a cross-section of players like Boogaard from pursuing their dreams to play in the NHL is a specious one, because for every young man like Boogaard, there is at least another with more skill and just as much heart who leaves the sport because he doesn’t want to absorb punches to the head in order to get to the NHL.
The argument that fighting is entertainment represents nothing more than pandering. If people would pay to watch Russian Roulette, if people we...