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Former NHL General Manager Will Fight Anyone Who Supports This movement

Published August 8, 2023 at 11:07

As many NHL fans are aware, Brian Burke, the former general manager of the Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver Canucks, Maple Leafs, and Hartford Whalers, has always been a proponent of fights in NHL games.

Throughout his tenure as a general manager, Burke prioritized his teams' ability to stand up for themselves, maintain a robust physical presence, and be willing to fight to secure victories on the ice.

However, in recent times, the NHL has shifted its focus away from fighting, embracing smaller players with higher skill sets and impressive speed. While physicality remains relevant, today's general managers seek players who can contribute both physically and offensively.

An Instagram post from NHL Breakers features an interview with Brian Burke, where he discusses the potential decline of fighting in the NHL.

Burke's stance on this matter isn't surprising given his well-known advocacy for fights in hockey. He remains one of the sport's most passionate advocates for maintaining fights within the game.

In my opinion, fighting still has its place in hockey, especially when rookies or star players—who are expected to excel in scoring—need protection from exploitation by opponents.

The ongoing debate between those who support fighting and those against it is likely to continue for years. I believe that fighting will remain a part of the game's fabric, despite evolving perspectives.
August 8   |   139 answers
Former NHL General Manager Will Fight Anyone Who Supports This movement

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