USD Says Fighting in NHL is 'Calculated'
U-T San Diego -- A new study by University of San Diego psychologist Nadav Goldschmied says that most of the fighting in the National Hockey League is calculated violence that's strategically done in the early parts of a game. The study, published in the journal Sports Health, also says that fighting is more prevalent during pre-season games, and that the NHL could greatly reduce violence if it assessed more penalties.
Goldschmied's findings are based on a highly-detailed review of the 2010-11 NHL season, and a broader analysis of data from the past 10 NHL seasons. (Full Story)