This REALLY bothers me. There’s an etiquette to fighting in the NHL. Everyone knows it, especially the big boys. For example, you don’t hit when the opponent is down on the ice or says “stop, I’m hurt” and you don’t turn down a fight when the other guy accommodated you last time when you were the home team.
Another “rule” is being broken recently: engagement. A new development seems to be that once the players tap each other on the pads and face-off wiggling their gloves to drop them, one guy fakes the other out and fake-drops while the other actually drops his stick and gloves. The hope is that the guy that drops will get a penalty and you a power play. This tactic is bush league. It lacks a sense of grace, of etiquette. Avery does it. And last night Peters did it to Shelley. (Thankfully, the refs called them both for unsportsmanlike conduct.) Fighting is a gentleman’s sport. It should be conducted properly. Not with deceptive childish antics. Fighting should be part of the game. It has a purpose. But do it like men.