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Cost of fighting too high

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I couldn't agree more with Gary Lawless's May 14 column, When money talks, it says, 'End fighting in the NHL.'

I for one am sick of it. It should not be tolerated, and the league should start acting on it now before we lose more young players from the game.

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As Joanne Boogaard said of her late son and hockey enforcer Derek, "Who was there to protect him?"

These young men are doing what they believe is expected of them. This needs to stop.

Nobody wins, and the cost is high to the players, their families and potentially the league.

Nobody needs to see this as part of the game. If I saw a fist fight on the street, I would call the police and hopefully somebody would face charges. But put these same two guys on the ice on skates and for some reason, we are all OK with it. This needs to stop.

We are teaching our budding hockey players that fighting is "just part of the game."

I have three children in hockey, and we all love the game. However, I vehemently believe that fighting is no longer acceptable. We can only hope that the NHL board of governors and its commissioner see it this way as well.

CHRISTINE COCKERILL

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 16, 2013 A12

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