Much angst, and ink, has been spilled in recent years over fighting in hockey. Progressives say ban fighting. Traditionalists say ‘over our dead bodies.’ A moral debate rages. Yet what seldom gets asked is: How does fighting affect a team’s performance?
Does toughness win games? Is meting out an ugly black eye as valuable as scoring a pretty goal?
Let’s drop the gloves, shall we, and look at the numbers. [via]