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Violence in Hockey When does it go to Far How can a sport so frivolously put its talent in harms way Is there a need for hockeys top offensive players to skate with bulls eyes on their backs Smith 1 Isnt the NHL tired of sitting vigil in the hospital as doctors measure the diminishing brain activity of the players the league counts on to sell the sport 2 How is it that football the ultimate contact sport doesnt allow for a second of the kind of headhunting that hockey does the sort of violent play that puts the careers of Eric Lindros and Paul Kariya in jeopardy 1 The recent establishment of the blue-ribbon injury panel has attempted to grasp the answers to these questions 2 Basically the judicial system desperately wants the NHL to stop hurting each other Society will no longer tolerate unnecessary violence in sports Heika 1 Opportunities to be aggressive are most frequent in heavy contact sports Stimulus cues are strongest when the equipment used in the sport can be associated with violence and transformed into weapons In conclusion violence is most likely to be a problem in certain sports Coakley 189 Like hockey which we would expect a relatively high rate of violence in where physical contacts provide opportunities where hockey sticks can be used as weapons and where norms among athletes and many spectators celebrate toughness and a willingness to fight seek retribution and intimidate opponents Gruneau R Whitson 14 Will NHL players adjust their tempers accordingly or is this just the beginning of more aggressive behavior Panaccio 2 In my essay I plan to explore the use of violence in hockey and at what point it becomes unacceptable within societies standards how violence in hockey effects the actions of its viewers and does violence in the game cross over into the players home lives The relationship between frequency of violence and aggression in competition was examined in
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