Jarome Iginla isn't one of the NHL's more prolific brawlers, but to him, fighting in hockey is necessary to make the game safer. In a Sports Illustrated editorial, Iginla wrote that "the nature of our sport is such that fighting actually curtails many dirty plays that could result in injuries." The league has been looking at fighting recently as a result of some prominent injuries, which led to a debate over whether it should be banned altogether. Players take a big risk whenever they drop the gloves, but does it all balance out?
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The greater good?
Fighting has traditionally been used as a way of protecting star players from cheap hits, but is it really all that effective?