What happens when you take fighting out of hockey, like they’ve done in the IIHF – the Ice Hockey World Championship? You get guys like Antti Pihlström trying to pin Korbinian Holzer’s head against the boards in the 2nd period of a 5-1 blowout over the weekend knowing that Holzer won’t beat his head in because it would be an instant match penalty, 5:00 major power play and Germany wouldn’t have any shot of coming back.
But if you’re Holzer, there comes a point where you risk it all, right? He’s already looking at a 10 minute for dropping the gloves. Might as well drop the guy who just tried to ensure that you have trouble walking down the stairs at 45.
Add it all up and you have the full Pussification of European Hockey — as if it was pussified enough already.