So yesterday I was at Thanksgiving dinner with my family. Dinner was over and we were all sitting around the table talking about various things when the subject of fighting in hockey was brought up. A pretty heated debate arose and it was clear that some just don’t understand the purpose of fighting in hockey. Now if I try to tell someone what the purpose is of fighting no one believes me. I’m a girl who has never played hockey in her life. This is why I have been doing this series. If you read parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 you get first hand insight into the world of fighting in hockey.
In this installment I talk to Mark Borowiecki who is currently playing with the Binghamton Senators, AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators. He was drafted to Ottawa in the 2008 entry draft and has played 8 games with them over the course of his career. He has been in 27 AHL fights in his career. He also has had 2 NHL fights which took place this preseason.
Here is what Mark had to say:
What is the purpose of fighting in hockey?
“A lot of reasons… mainly to set the tone, protect your teammates and to protect yourself”
If fighting was taken out of hockey how would that change the game?
“You would probably have a lot more guys running around less concerned with being held accountable for their actions. Regardless of what people think, it makes you think twice when there is a player in the lineup who fights.”
Why is most of the negative attention focused on fighting rather than hitting?
“Because there is normally like, one fight in a game, there is probably 30-40 hits in a game… you see someone get knocked out in a fight its all over TV but hits just happen so much.”
Do you think the Parros incident will change players’ stances on fighting?
“I don’t think so… that’s just bad luck and you have to feel for they guy, that sucks… there are injuries that happen like that from hits, or from getting hit into the boards… he just fell awkward.”
What is your favorite fight in hockey history?
“Any good line brawl… like that one back in the day, that Colorado and Detroit one, it might have been playoffs—when the goalies came out. I think Patrick Roy fought, it might have been Mike Vernon… definitely one of those line brawls though.”
“hahaha that’s a darn good question. I’ve had a couple, but for me its when I can go a long time and stay on my feet… its good when you stand in there and the linesmen has to come break it up so its tough to pinpoint just one”
*Note* I want to thank Mark for answering my questions and Joe Ballaglini for setting up the interview.