The average American sports fan probably has as many misconceptions about hockey as they do about cannabis. Ask them what images come to mind when they think of the sport, and they might mention its unique set of necessary equipment: sticks, a puck, skates. They might describe its netted goal, or the knight-like padding cocooning its goalies. But odds are, they’re going to think of the fights.
Blood on the ice puts asses in seats. Hockey is not a combat sport in the sense that the physical domination of the opponent’s body isn’t its explicit goal, but combat is an intrinsic