that is ridiculous, late hits, punches away from the puck constitute unsportsmanlike conduct and avoiding that doesn't promote sissification in the slightest. as my husband always tells my son, beat everyone to the puck and you won't have to be doing the hitting, let THEM get the penalty calls because you are there FIRST. excellent hockey doesn't require thuggish behavior in the slightest.
Exactly, and excellent advice. You can't hit what you can't catch.