These are tough times for NHL fighters.
In recent months, three players known for dropping the gloves - Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Wade Belak - were found dead. Their deaths sparked debate on the physical and psychological toll fighting takes on the game's enforcers.
And it brought calls from some quarters for fighting to be banned from one of the few sports that doesn't eject players from games after they've traded punches with an opponent.
But it hasn't stopped players from squaring off through the preseason and into the regular campaign.
''I think everyone understands the risks involved with fighting, just like a boxer or an MMA guy,'' said Winnipeg Jets forward Tanner Glass, who according to www.hockeyfights.com has taken 33 fighting majors in four NHL seasons, including 15 in 2009-10. ''There are risks involved just like anything else.
''You lay down and block a shot and chances are you're going to be in pain for a w...