If you have gone to a hockey game before then you know that a fight is one of the best things to happen, aside from your team winning. Fighting has been part of the NHL since the rules of the sport were first written in the 1800s. The “Original Six” era saw fighting established as an ordinary part of the NHL game according to Jamie Fitzpatrick in the article “History of Hockey Fights.” Throughout the years there have been many “goons” who have been the tough guys on teams. Teams such as the Philadelphia Flyers have used fighting and intimidation as core tactics during the 70s.
There are several different ways that fighting it still a good thing to have in the game. No one will ever question a player for defending a teammate and having to fight someone. This is in every sport not just hockey, teammates defend each other, it happens in baseball with dugouts emptying and full teams running at each other. It also happens in football when offensive linemen pull down defensive players for getting a late hit on their quarterback. Fighting is also a huge momentum shift in hockey, winning a fight can pump a team and the crowd.
Fitzpatrick, Jamie. “History of Hockey Fights” March 02, 2017.
Maggio, Andrew. “Top 10 Reasons Why the NHL Needs to Keep Fighting in the Game” November 20, 2014.
I know that this is late, I have been trying to turn it in but I simply did not know what to write. I could use some help on what more specific things I could argue. I want to argue that hockey should stay in the NHL and the sport in general but I do not know if I will be able to get to 3000 words just talking about that. I need help to find something that would be better like how fighting actually helps teams win with statistics and such. Just a thought I had but I would love some feedback on maybe this on possibly a new topic.