When Ludvig dropped his glove, @sparkpunk
tapped me excitedly and yelled “Yeah! Its happening”. Crowd was going wild! And what went on for the subsequent 30 seconds left me gobsmacked and went against everything I was taught when presented with a fight– to walk (or run) away. In most sports, fighting has critical repercussions. However, in ice hockey, fighting is a part of "The Code". Is it just about beating someone up? Why is it that this sanctioned violence is embraced? Some even say that fighting in a game is a “thermostat” and that it “may prevent other injuries”.
Apparently, fighting was a way for the sport to "police itself," and to warn players that there are repercussions for breaking the rules. I later found out that there used to be so much fighting in ice hockey, so much that there was more fighting than actual playing time. It has evolved to be more "civilised" now (apparently). There is a distinction between being merely physical and being dirty though. Fights usually happen when one player crosses the line by playing dirty and the other team player decides to stand up, especially if it is to stick up for his team mate. If someone is hurting your team mate, you stand up for them. U drop your gloves, stand up to this person and defend this person against you and your team. That is the approach they take.
It was very difficult to understand. It looked ugly, felt ugly, emotional and tactless. But fighting in ice hockey is indeed different and I understand that now. It is really based on respect. In most situations, when players decide to fight, they talk about it directly on the ice, drop the gloves so that no one gets the jump on the other, fight it out and then stop when one goes down or a referee gets in between them. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
In most cases, after this ‘war’, players give each other a sign of mutual respect and stop whatever 'dirtyness' they were initially doing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Takes a certain kind of balls to go out there, drop your gloves, fight and end that dispute once and for all. #respect #PortlandWinterhawks #Winterhawks #JohnLudvig #IceHockey #Fight