Why Fighting Should Be Banned Essay

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In the 2011-2012 NHL offseason Derek Boogard, Rick Rypien, Wade Belak and Bob Proburt all sadly passed away. Three out of the four had committed suicide and the other overdosed on pain medication. When doctors looked at the brains of all four they all had CTE. Was it just a coincidence that all 4 were enforcers? Was it a coincidence that all 4 had countless concussions and developed CTE? Was it a coincidence that three out of the four killed them selves? I say No! Fighting was a major factor in every death. The authors of the two articles that were published in the last five-years both agree and discuss why fighting should be banned. Although both authors want fighting abolished one author only wants it banned in junior hockey. Contrary …show more content…
Charlie Gillis an author for McLean’s magazine argues, “someone’s going to get killed, we warned ourselves. And now that someone had, it seemed hypocritical not to act.” He said this after the death of Don Sanderson a minor league player who died from hitting his head on the ice after being punched in the face. The other author Rajendra Kale, MD, the editor in chief for the CMJA argues that fighting and CTE a degeneration of the brain from concussions go hand in hand. She states “Evidence from boxing injuries collected over decade’s shows that repeated head trauma would cause brain damage. Evidence from this would show the same in a hockey fight.” ( Rajendra Kale, …show more content…
Kale and Charlie Gillis have very different point of views of the issue. Charlie Gillis is a hockey fan that is against fighting in minor leagues and Dr. Kale is obviously a doctor who is against fighting in all leagues. Their points of views are shown in every aspect of their articles from the language and writing styles to where they get their information. Gillis talks to Dave Morissette, a former enforcer who states “fighting in the NHL should continue, but they should get it out of junior hockey completely,” he says. “Let those players play hockey.” Dave Morissette shares his experiences as a junior player he states, “In my first year of junior, I wanted to quit by Christmas, You don’t sleep at night, because you’re not thinking about hockey anymore. You’re just thinking about your fights. You’re 16 or 17, there are thousands people at the arena. Your teammates your girlfriend and your dad in the stands and you really don’t want to get embarrassed.” (Gillis 2009) Gillis also talked to the father of Don Sanderson who claims, ”You’ll never get rid of it entirely.” Gillis also mentions the fighting cycle “where fighters are doing the cheap shots, the cheap shots are leading to more fights, and the officials have given up trying to stop them.” This point by Gillis is in my opinion why the NHL cannot get rid of fighting

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