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Matt Beleskey #39 of the Anaheim Ducks fights Aaron Volpatti #15 of the Vancouver Canucks

My Goon Can Still Beat Your Goon

Matt Beleskey #39 of the Anaheim Ducks fights Aaron Volpatti #15 of the Vancouver Canucks

Not everyone was in peak form when the 2013 NHL season finally began.

But the goons were ready.

As soon as the puck dropped, so did the gloves.

The early games featured plenty of tussles, as the old-timers call them, and nobody was surprised. 

While long-term trends show fights on the decline in the NHL, only a fool would expect the imminent extinction of the enforcer.

Fighting isn’t tolerated in other team sports. So why does it still thrive in the NHL and throughout the hockey world?

There’s no simple answer. But it helps to understand how deeply the fist fight is ingrained in the roots of the game.

Read A Brief History of Hockey Fights.

Photo: Anaheim’s Matt Beleskey and Vancouver’s Aaron Volpatti have a go (Harry How/Getty Images).

Source: About.com

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NHL Trade Rumors: Is Ryan Getzlaf on his way out of Anaheim?

The NHL Trade Rumor Mill Cranks Up Again

The return of the National Hockey League means a revival of the game’s constant companion, the trade rumor.

For many trade rumor junkies, almost no scrap of speculation is too outlandish.

Some fans are so beguiled by the murmurings of “ins…

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Ilya Bryzgalov of the Philadelphia Flyers

Know Your Brand New NHL Salary Cap

It seemed unlikely a few weeks ago.

But the accelerated NHL season is underway.

The trade deadline is just ten weeks away, the playoff picture comes into focus soon after, and before you know it, plenty of teams will be planning for next y…

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Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils

The New NHL Calendar for 2013

The marathon bargaining session to end the lockout was just the beginning.

In the week since the bleary-eyed combatants declared a truce, the NHL has been in full scramble mode.

Teams opened quickie training camps on Sunday, and a compacte…

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Workers at Winnipeg Arena install the Jets

The Lockout Is Over, the NHL Is Back. Do You Forgive and Forget?

Now the fans are in control.

Not only did the NHL squander nearly half a season with its infuriating lockout, it also tested the patience and loyalty of its most passionate supporters.

Now league and the players need us more than ever.

Ticket sal…

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Workers at Winnipeg Arena install the Jets

The Lockout Is Over, the NHL Is Back. Do You Forgive and Forget?

Now the fans are in control.

Not only did the NHL squander nearly half a season with its infuriating lockout, it also tested the patience and loyalty of its most passionate supporters.

Now league and the players need us more than ever.

Ticket sal…

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winnipeg jets mascot

Rise and Shine: The NHL Is Back

No, it’s not a dream.

It’s the end of the hockey fan’s nightmare.

The 2012-13 NHL lockout is history.

Working into the wee hours of the morning, the NHL and its Players’ Association scratched and clawed their way to a tentative collective bargain…

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A Fan in Detroit Protests the NHL Lockout

NHL Lockout Update: Has the League Fattened the Calf Enough?

The temper tantrums have passed, for now.

The lawyers are hovering, but nobody is looking to the courts for a solution yet.

As of two days ago, the NHL and the Players’ Association appear to be talking.

We’ve long since learned that it’s pointles…

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Filip Forsberg plays for Sweden at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship

The Best Hockey You’ll See This Year

With weaklings like Germany and Latvia dispatched, the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship gets down to business.

The single-game playoff round allows little room for error.

It’s win or go home, and the drama is sure to reach a fever pitch.

Wit…

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John Gibson #35 and Jon Gillies #31 of Team USA at 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship.

Hockey’s Greatest Teenagers Take On the World

Once upon a time, the greatest young hockey players in the world were gobbled up by the National Hockey League.

You might recall the NHL. It operated for many years across Canada and the U.S., until a boardroom full of morons brought the whole thin…

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