The Importance Of Ice Hockey

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“Opportunity doesn’t make appointments, you have to be ready when it arrives.” When it comes to the sport of hockey, opportunity means everything. Whether it 's a forward, defenseman, or goaltender, one must be prepared when given a chance. When a player gets a chance, more often than not, the player wants to score a goal or make a big save to preserve the win. There are other players looking to do something different though, players that want to provide a spark using fists, these players are known as fighters. Fighting has been around since the rules of the sport were first invented in the 1800s. Fighting is an important part of ice hockey because players make careers out of it, fans show up to watch it, and fighting is a momentum shifter. …show more content…
Without fans the sport of hockey would never exist in the first place. In a recent survey, 62 percent of hockey fans believe fighting is a significant part of the game at the NHL level (Zelkovich). “They felt that if you were to take fighting out, it would significantly affect their enjoyment of the game," said Mario Canseco of Angus Reid. For Ice Hockey there are two major leagues, the NHL and the KHL. The NHL is played in the United States, while the KHL is played in European countries like Russia and Finland. The leagues are both very competitive and it is a toss up on which is the more prestigious league. A big difference though, is the National Hockey League allows fighting, while in the Kontinental Hockey League fighting is frowned upon (Jansky). The NHL has an average fan attendance of 17,441 while the KHL merely averages 6,324 fans per games (“IIHF”). To put this in perspective, the AHL which is the farm level organization for the NHL, averages 5,508 fans per game (Karp). The big question is, why are two leagues that both produce tremendously competitive hockey, have a difference of attendance of over 11,000 fans per game? The NHL, overall, plays 1,230 games per season, while the KHL plays 840 games. The NHL averages .3 fights per game which adds up to approximately 369 fights in an NHL season. The KHL averages .1 fights per game which adds up to approximately 84 fights per season (dropyourgloves). In theory a person who doesn’t essentially understand the game of hockey would much rather see a fight happen then actually watch the game being played. (Add in that sports are becoming too soft, need

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