Is This Hockey Or The WWE?

Chet PickardTotal Pro Sports- Last night in the WHL, the Tri-City Americans took on the Spokane Chiefs in a fight-filled affair.  The game ended in 5-2 win for Americans, but the real story was a huge brawl that erupted near the end of the third period.

“Up 5-1 going into the third period, the game began to disintegrate at the 6:33 mark of the period. As Ryan Letts joined the Spokane rush into the Tri-City zone, Letts ran into Pickard, who dropped to the ice. Meanwhile, a melee ensued as things went downhill from there. Pickard, who needed help off the ice went straight to the locker room and did not return. Back-up Brett Martyniuk entered the game in his place and played the final 13:27.’” (AMSHockey)

I enjoy a good hockey fight as much as the next guy, however I’m starting to think that it is losing its place within the game.  This brawl could have been avoided because there is no reason to run a goalie late in a 5-1 game.  I think that if hockey ever wants to become bigger in the United States something has to be done about all the fighting.  If fights continue like this it will always be viewed in a negative way.

Tags: Brett Martyniuk, Chet Pickard, hockey, Ryan Letts, Spokane Chiefs, Tri-City Americans, WHL, WWE,