Originally Posted by GRUNTERSDAD
There aren't that many Americans playing. Most of the chippyness started when the Europeans started playing and high-sticking everyone. Just like football there was a time when they played with no helmets. Things change.
Time to move on.
Just to correct you on this, it was even much rougher in the 6 team league, there is a mystic about those times and many great players emerged to change the way the game is played but it was like gang warfare sometimes, but there really wasn't anything like today as an enforcer who comes out as per his job title and starts something to "spark up his bench". Get real, if you are paid in the millions you should not need something as juvenile as a fight to get you in to the game.
We are in agreement but as I said, the old days were much more violent. The rivalry between Montreal and Detroit as well as Toronto were legendary in the 50's and early 60's.