The fighting in hockey debate is as loud as ever. Everyone has their own opinion on the subject and it seems like we have heard everything that could be said, however there is one voice that seems to be missing. The reason I started this series is to get a different perspective that we haven’t heard much of before. The truth is we can all argue our points until we are blue in the face but we don’t really know because we aren’t the ones out there.
I have interviews set up with the top fighters on teams around the league where I will ask them questions about fighting. My first interview was with Chris Thorburn of the Winnipeg Jets, you can find that here, and the second interview was with Eric Selleck of the Florida Panthers/ San Antonio Rampage, you can find that here. There will be new interviews going up throughout the season so keep coming back. It is time we got the players’ perspective.
In this installment I talk to Jared Boll of the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was drafted in the 4th round of the 2005 entry draft by CBJ. He didn’t actually play for the club until 2007. He has been in 135 NHL fights in his career 12 of which were last season when he lead his team in fights (the guy with the next most was only in 5).
Here is what Jared had to say:
How would you describe your role on the team?
Just a good team mate. A hard nosed player that sticks up for his team mates.
If fighting is taken out of hockey, does it change the game?
Yeah, absolutely. I think it should always have a place in the game and it’s good for it.
Any memorable fights you watched as a kid?
Which fight of yours is the most memorable?
I don’t know. I’ve had some good ones that were long with Cam Janssen. I know he always likes to have long ones. When I fought Jody Shelley here at home, that was pretty cool because I looked up to him a lot when he was here.
*Note* I just wanted to thank Jared for taking the time to answer my questions, as well as Rick Bowness for setting up the interview.