minor league hockey is a poor point of reference for what it's like to see an nhl game live. when you go to a minor league game, there might be 2-3 kids on either team who are legit nhl prospects. it's slow and bogged down by desperate kids still hoping to punch their ticket by punching faces. nhl - the combination skill and contact at incredible high speed can't be had in any other sport. it's electric and 1000X more interesting than a fight. thankfully the aforementioned real elements of sport are marginalizing fighting out of the game as the goons can't keep up. give it a chance from a decent vantage point and it will be a revelation.
Fighting is an important part of hockey and should always be a part of the game. The fans in Calgary looked pretty disgusted last night eh?
Hockey was a much better game 30 years ago. Its turning into soccer.
So you would rather watch this season than say 92-93?
Just picking a random season that I remember...
Looking it up mcsorrely led the nhl in pims with 399. Also had 41 points.
Lemieux lead with points - 160
Selanne and Mogilny tied with goals - 76
The reason there is no fighting now isnt because the game is cleaner or guys are better its because 3rd and 4th line guys who are a dime a dozen have it in their head from a young age they are too talented to have to fight. They are soft.
Why do you think zack kassian is playing with McDavid? Its not for his scoring.
Meanwhile buffalo has eichel and dahlin and eichel has had to fight and dahlin missed several games due to a concussion.
Edmonton has a tough guy on line 1, buffalo has a tough guy in the ahl (maybe).
Maybe Johnny Depp can drop the first puck and someone can punch him in the face!! That would set forward NHL hockey in Seattle the right way -no soccer flopping crap here!
"Somebody hit somebody!" - battle cry of many a hockey fan over the generations