Allowing fights could help college hockey

Sean Shapiro and Sean Shapiro

During BG’s 8-4 loss to Lake Superior on Saturday, Tomas Petruska dropped the gloves, took off his helmet and was ready to go with the Lakers’ Josh Sim, but due to college hockey’s stupid rule the refs stopped the fight before punches were thrown.

The refs should have let them go at it.

Fighting must be allowed in college hockey and not because it adds another level of excitement to the game (which it does).

Fighting in hockey is a vigilante justice system that works, it protects the innocent and pays retribution to those who play dirty.

Without fighting, hockey becomes an “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” system of justice, a justice which two Michigan State players dished out last Saturday.

In the waning moments of a 5-3 Michigan win; Michigan forward Steve Kampfer obliterated Michigan State’s Corey Tropp with a clean open ice hit. Immediately following the hit fellow Spartan Andrew Conboy chased down Kampfer sucker punching the Michigan player in the back of the neck driving him headfirst into the boards.

Tropp, who had been the recipient of the Kampfer hit, had gotten back to his feet skated towards Kampfer’s motionless body and slashed the Wolverine in the back of the neck.

Minor scrums resulted from the attack, but the only person to directly come to Kampfer’s defense wasn’t on the ice during the attack. According Michigan campus police a man entered the Michigan State locker room after the game and engaged in physical contact with a Spartan player.

That man was Bruce Kampfer, the father of the victim.

The repercussions for the attack have been felt during the past week.

Conboy has dropped out of school and Tropp has been suspended for the season.

Police are investigating both the on ice attack and the older Kampfer’s charge into the Spartan locker room.

The younger Kampfer, who has a history of neck problems, is amazingly going to play this weekend against Notre Dame.

Fighting could have prevented this.

The more civilized revenge for Kampfer’s hit should have come from the fists of Conboy or Tropp, not Tropp’s stick blade across Kampfer’s neck.

Fighting in hockey is not thoughtless violence, it keeps the game clean as the major deterrent from running another player head first into the boards.

Penalties and suspensions are a mere afterthought during the heat of a game, but the possibility of having your face pounded in by the other teams enforcer, that will make a player think twice about cheap shoting an opponent.

In addition to protection of the innocence through vigilante justice, fighting also adds an extra excitement factor to the game.

No one leaves the arena during a fight, no one even sits down during a fight. Some fans even go to hockey games just to see two players fight and in all reality what are the cons of fighting?

Five minutes in the box? Better than a night in the hospital after a cheap shot.

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