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Hockey traditionally is an aggressive sport With body contact as one of its main components in combination with the speed and intensity of the players aggression and toughness are key elements to an individual being successful in this sport These are also key elements to violent activity which is a common occurrence in hockey when viewed by individuals who know little about the game or have little interest in hockey However to many hockey fans these are not acts of violence but merely parts of the game which are widely accepted within the hockey culture therefore this is violentnormal Not only are these elements key to success on the ice but also they are important to a players popularity with the fans and with the media The fans do not only expect aggression and toughness but these elements are highly celebrated within the hockey culture This violentnormal behaviour is evident not only in professional hockey but it also exists amongst the fans of this professional level It can be seen in minor hockey among the parents of these young players as well as the coaches and referees It is also an area of debate in womens hockey There is a line of course where even to those of the view that this is acceptable behaviour between the acceptable and an excess amount of force aggression and violence But where is this line to be drawn and when is it appropriate for disciplinary discretion to be taken out of the hands of hockey officials at any and all levels and put into the hands of the legal system and judges How should it be compared when it does become a legal matter to other hockey incidents or as an incident that is context free as if it happened in the middle of the street As stated numerous times by Gruneau and Whitson 1993 hockey is a sport of high speed aggression and a high level of
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