If the NHL continues to tolerate fighting, it can expect to see its tough guys die 10 years younger than their teammates. https://t.co/GrHn4HU8sH
– Radio-Canada Sports (@RC_Sports) May 10, 2023
Researchers at Columbia University in New York analyzed statistics from 6,000 NHL players between 1969 and 2022 to determine the effect of fighting on player health. They found that NHL tough guys die 10 years younger than those who don’t fight.
The researchers compared players who fought with other players who didn’t fight, but who were drafted at the same time, were the same height and weight.
What’s most astonishing about this study is how young field hockey players die, on average. We’re not just talking about brawlers here. Fighters die on average at the age of 47.5, as opposed to 57.7 for those who don’t fight. For players punished for more than three minutes per game in their career, the average age at death is 45.2 years, compared to 55.2 years for players punished little.
It’s extremely scary. Hard-core gamblers don’t even make it past 50, and regular players barely make it past their mid-50s!
Seeing these results, Université de Montréal professor and neuropsychologist Dave Ellemberg still doesn’t understand why field hockey fans and players insist on keeping the tradition of fighting alive. He would like to see an end to fighting in sport.
I’m not against reducing the number of fights in field hockey, but I also believe in keeping the tradition alive. It’s part of the sport and it’s a spectacle that’s always attracted the crowds.
The QMJHL plans to abolish fighting, and we’ll see what happens. Abolishing fighting at junior level is fine, because the players are young and their brains are still developing. However, once they’ve turned pro, players should still be able to fight.
– The fight between Toronto and Montreal fans could cost Toronto FC dearly.
Canada Soccer confirms investigation into incidents at BMO Field pic.twitter.com/EAcIqNYT0B
– Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerFR) May 10, 2023
– The Golden Knights have major goaltending problems.
– Could be a premiere night for Florida.
The @FlaPanthers & @MiamiHEAT both have a chance to reach the Conference Finals in their respective leagues tonight. Over the last 40 years, there have been 14 instances of an NBA & NHL team from the same metro area doing this in the same season, but none on the same day. pic.twitter.com/j66sJPQ6kk
– ᴀʀᴅᴀ Öᴄᴀʟ (@Arda) May 10, 2023
– It’s going to end up costing a lot more than expected.
Ottawa Senators | Star bidding could pay off https://t.co/ylJt2uP6ND
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) May 10, 2023
– The guy’s confident and we like that.
There aren’t exactly a lot of interviews with Matvei Michkov but I found this one from Dec. 2021 & I gotta say, I like his confidence.
– /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) May 10, 2023