A local Canadian association has banned bodychecking from hockey and some kid is feeling cheated. Come on, guys. You're not helping your sons (or daughters) with this initiative. You're only trapping them by stripping the game they love of one of its most essential assets.
It's pretty hard to justify head shots, or anything that might damage the brain. But don't confuse concussions, head shots, or cheap shots with fighting. It could be argued that few things are less dangerous than a hockey fight. The crowd loves it, and little harm is done.
As the game returns to Winnipeg, it says much about the country and its newfound prosperity. The anemic Loonie now trades near parity. The real estate market didn't collapsed and the federal government's debt-to-GDP ratio is about a third of America's.