NHL has a duty to protect: could fisticuffs on the ice lead to handcuffs?

The article that started the petition:
Ban fighting in hockey because it's the right thing to do - February 4, 2009 http://www.saultstar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1419194


The saga continues:

Students and professor duke it out online over banning fighting in hockey - February 26, 2009

Nadine Robinson & John Biggs on Hamilton's new talk 820 radio www.talk820.com - February 28, 2009

Online fight makes it to University Affairs magazine - April 2009



OHL fight between Mahalak and Nolan: Nolan gets a 20 game suspension

The clip on youtube shows R.J. Mahalak’s helmet comes off with a hard punch, and Nolan hits him again, hard, on the way down to the ice, as the announcer says: “And now we’ve got a fight. This is Mahalak and Jordan Nolan. And Nolan knocked down Mahalak…Mahalak is down on the ice, he lost his helmet on the play and hit the ice rather hard. Nolan was looking for retribution; remember Mahalak ran him over…” Will a 20 game suspension make players think twice? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckTQ_xZ4IS0 Please...STOP the insanity - stop the avoidable injuries from fights!!!

OHL Announces Disciplinary Action - Game of Saturday March 7, 2009 - Plymouth at Sault Ste. Marie http://www.ontariohockeyleague.com/stats/news-s10840

Jordan Nolan suspended 20 games http://www.saultstar.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1478860

GM recommendations (recommendations aimed at stopping 41% of the fights - those staged after a faceoff and instigated after a clean hit):

FUSS OVER FIGHTING: New rules could scrap NHL goonery






Proposals should reduce NHL fights: By CHRIS JOHNSTON, THE CANADIAN PRESS



the fifth estate: the code http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/2008-2009/the_code/ all you have to do is see Kypreos' interview to know that fighting is a problem in the game ... for so many reasons.

Select articles supporting the ban:

Peterson: No hockey fights ban in sight - http://msn.foxsports.com/nhl/story/9196450/Peterson:-No-hockey-fights-ban-in-sight- One of my personal favourites on the topic - it is loaded with witty, intelligent insight...

Hey, isn't it Cherry-canning season yet? - http://www.thestar.com/Sports/Hockey/article/594994 Chris Zelcovich nailed this one! Don Cherry is for fighting, and now he's taking issue with Ovechkin for celebrating? Is his head on straight? It's time for a change.

Ban hockey fights -  http://www.thestar.com/article/571872

NHL should ban fighting: poll - http://sports.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090127.wsptfight0127/GSStory/GlobeSports/?page=rss&id=RTGAM.20090127.wsptfight0127

Hockey fights have to stop - http://www.torontosun.com/comment/editorial/2009/01/03/7906976-sun.html

Regier weighs in - http://sports.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090206.wsptduha0206/GSStory/GlobeSports/home [Buffalo Sabres GM says fighting on the way out - eventually]

Can we please now ban fighting in hockey? A young man dies on the ice. A father hopes for change. Why isn’t the NHL listening? - http://blog.macleans.ca/2009/02/03/can-we-please-now-ban-fighting-in-hockey/#more-32066

NHL hockey fights ban will take courage - http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/kostya_kennedy/01/28/hockey.fights/index.html

'There has to be accountability for everybody': Haunted by his son's death after a hockey fight, Don Sanderson's father wants the tragedy to change the game's culture of violence http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090202.wsanderson02/GSStory/GlobeSportsHockey/home

Comments on the article: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20090202.wsanderson02/CommentStory/GlobeSportsHockey/home


Culture of violence in hockey has a long and tarnished record - http://www.thestar.com/article/594510 (thank you Betty)


OHL new rules (making fighting safer, not banning fighting):

OHL helmet rules tighten after death from on-ice fight - http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/story/11263655


Our athletes are at risk:

Concussion panel recommends ban on hockey fights - http://biac-aclc.ca/en/2009/02/10/concussion-panel-recommends-ban-on-hockey-fights/

Repeated concussions lead to severe brain disease, research shows - http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sci-concussion28-2009jan28,0,3344670.story

Effects of concussions follow athletes to later years: Research - http://www.vancouversun.com/Sports/Effects+concussions+follow+athletes+later+years+Research/1226620/story.html

Worry About All Blows To The Head - http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/07/080723190514.htm

Athletes to donate brains for concussion study - http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/sports/2008199950_apfbnconcussionsbraindonations.html?syndication=rss