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