2013-2014 NHL Regular Season begins with new debate over fighting in hockey

October 2nd, 2013

Is this something that still has a place in hockey?

Game on – the National Hockey League’s 2013/2014 regular season got officially underway yesterday with three games on the opening night schedule. The beginning of a new season should always be an exciting time for hockey fans, with this year being especially unique with the newly-aligned divisions that created new rivalries going forward this year. Questions of how players perform on new teams, or which teams rise and fall from their previous performances get answered over an 82-game schedule.

However, last night’s game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens featured an ugly injury that reignited the recent debate about fighting in the NHL. Partway through the third period, heavyweight enforcers George Parros and Colton Orr squared off for the second time in the game. As both players wrestled with each other’s jerseys, Parros lost his balance and was knocked unconscious with a hard fall on his chin. Parros was later stretchered off the ice and diagnosed with a concussion.

There is a general consensus among surveyed players today that fighting is still a integral part of hockey. However, it has sparked a fresh debate from media writers who are questioning whether fighting should be eliminated from the game. The latest questions stem from the possibility that the NHL could be held liable for the long-term effects of head injuries suffered from fighting – a debate gaining momentum following concussion-related lawsuits and settlements from the National Football League.

What do you think about fighting in the National Hockey League? Do you think it still has a place in the game in either the amateur or professional level?

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Vancouver Canucks vets to report to training camp September 11, tickets on sale this Saturday

September 5th, 2013

It’s back to school and back to the rink, folks:

  • In a press release today, the Vancouver Canucks announced that veteran players will officially report to training camp on Wednesday, September 11. At that time, players will be made available to the media and undergo physical testing. A total of 36 players will be reporting to camp, which includes prospects invited from the Young Stars Tournament that is currently underway.
  • The Canucks also announced that free on-ice scrimmage sessions will be open to the public from September 13-15 at Rogers Arena. Fans can register and view the training camp schedule via the Vancouver Canucks website.
  • Around the NHL, single-game tickets will go on official onsales to the public on Saturday, September 7 at noon local time. You can already buy tickets for the Vancouver Canucks, Toronto Maple Leafs and all 30 NHL teams through ShowTimeTickets.com.

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    Canucks and Senators to play under the – hopefully open – roof at BC Place for 2014 Heritage Classic

    August 6th, 2013
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    The Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators and National Hockey League are crossing their fingers for clear skies in Vancouver next March as BC Place hosts the Heritage Classic. The NHL is hosting six outdoor games this season, with Vancouver’s date coming on March 2nd, 2014.

    The words “outdoor game” and “Vancouver” may be an odd couple in a city known for its rainy winters, but with BC Place’s retractable roof fans are assured that the game will go ahead regardless of weather. Open roof or not, the Heritage Classic is sure to be an impressive spectacle given the over 59,000 seats at BC Place slated to be filled. This marks the first time that either team has been involved in an outdoor game.

    Tickets to the Heritage Classic between the Canucks and Senators went on presale today, and can now be ordered through ShowTimeTickets.com. Don’t miss the first-ever outdoor NHL game in Vancouver this March – buy your Heritage Classic tickets today!

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