I love fighting. I've been a boxing fan since the early 70s, have probably 40 hours of fights stored on my PVR, and view them on a regular basis. I also like to fight. I have an intermediate belt in Kung fu and really love the physical challenge as well as the mental toughness/savvy/patience that throwing combos together until a point's scored requires. I hate fighting in hockey. Watching 2 guys go then pat each other on the back when they're through makes me think that it's just an exercise that appeals to the baser (not basser lol) instincts of the crowd and doesn't really add to the beauty of the game that I grew up with. I've also grown up with all of the rationalizations for fighting in hockey. "If fighting was banned, there'd be a lot more dangerous, chippy, stick work," "It motivates the team," "It's been part of the game for a long time, the crowd loves it, so it's here to stay." The only argument I have for these points is the example of Olympic hockey. Anyone who fights is ejected from the game - period. As far as entertaining, spirited, tough, gritty play, I think it's more than a match for NHL play, something like the Ryder Cup compared to the Majors in golf. I think that the NHL should take a similar stance on fighting - a player fights - he's gone. What do you think?