Jan 29, 2012; Ottawa, ON, CANADA; Canada prime minister Stephen Harper speaks with fans before the 2012 All Star game at Scotiabank Place. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

PM Stephen Harper talks about violence in Hockey

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Oct 1, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Travis Moen (32) and Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Fraser (2) fight during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

 

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was asked to give his take on violence and fighting in hockey in Indonesia where he was at a conference with Asian-Pacific leaders. PM Harper explained that he believes the people in command have never really taken the responsibility to keep the rough stuff of the sport in order.

“That all said, what we all have to realize is that this debate is as old as the game itself.”

via TSN.ca

Harper goes on to say that there has always been violence in hockey even from the very beginning of time. He also states that hockey today is actually less violent then what it was back in the pre-war times.

PM Harper is set to release his book next month on the early history of professional hockey and says the level of violence back in the day is “quite shocking” to him.

“I’m not trying to be nonchalant about some of these incidents, which I think are of concern to any parent watching this and seeing examples set and worrying about what could happen to their own boys and girls when they step on the ice,” Harper said.

via TSN.ca

PM Harper says he enjoy’s the sport and chooses the skill and talent over the rough stuff of the game.

Do you think fighting has a place in hockey?

  • Yes (75%, 9 Votes)
  • No (17%, 2 Votes)
  • Undecided (8%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

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