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Discussing NHL fighting

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- So I've been up in Michigan for about 24 hours -- I went to the Red Wings' 4-1 victory over Dallas on Tuesday -- and there's been an interesting discussion going on up here.

At the opening faceoff, Jordin Tootoo dropped the gloves to fight. (It was the second time this season that there was a seemingly scripted fight at the outset of a Wings game.) And Tootoo dropped the gloves again later.

The discussion is this, though: Is a planned fight appropriate?

It's important to note that the Red Wings have had the fewest fighting majors in the NHL during the last decade or so. So they're not used to having an enforcer around here.

But the talk radio, and the fans up here, seem mostly enraged at the prospect of fighting like this. They feel the best way to pump up the team is to forecheck hard and score often.

Personally, I don't mind the staged fight. It gets the fans into it. It fires up the team. I don't seem the downside.

Plus, there seem to be folks that think the NHL offices are encouraging this to get the fans re-invigorated after the lockout.

Again, what's the downside?


  • Click here to read a story you should find interesting about all the things making this Komets season unique.
  • The referee tonight at Wings Stadium, where Thomas Beauregard will make his return to the lineup for the Komets, is Marc-Andre Lavoie. Have we time-warped back to the CHL?
  • On the season-long suspension of former Komets forward Leo Thomas is the Southern Professional Hockey League, they have released video -- click here -- and tell me whether you can discern anything from it. Barely, you can see someone punching, but that wouldn't hold up in court.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at