i beg to differ. my son has played travel ice hockey for the past 7 years. to date, i haven't seen any parents brawling, but there has been the potential more than once, depending on the teams. Some are worse than others.
In the bush leagues of rural northern Canada, the aftermath of a game often involves a major "Here comes the RCMP" brawl between fans from the visitor's town and the locals.
I almost typed 'usually' instead of 'often'.
Having played hockey from 5-18 yrs old, 76-89' I'd beg to differ with alot of the opinions here.
Fighting has a place, and is needed in hockey.
My bantam coach never took it as far as that nutjob mentioned in the article, but he had us drop gloves and helmets and just wrestle quite a bit to improve balance and overall familiarity with fighting on the ice.
Refs miss alot and sometimes, someone just needs thier butt kicked.
Two missing teeth or a couple of cuts is alot more incentive to not lay on wood, slewfoot, or dig on a goalie than two minutes in the box.
And if mommy and daddy, and the refs, or the league won't discourage the repeat offender, pain will.
Lastly, with helmets and masks mandatory throughout North America at all levels of amatuer hockey, a kid who lays on wood and recieves a punches through a mask from a kid with gloves on probably deserves it and will be wiser for it.
Juniors and the minors will always be the testing ground for the Pro's. And fighting will never be eliminated from it.
And to those who say only the unskilled resort to such tactics, you are ignorant. A Gordie Howe hat-trick was a goal, assist and a fight....