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This Week in The Hockey News magazine: December 8, 2014

The Hockey News

The Hockey News

In the Dec. 8 edition of THN, it’s our Fighting Issue, exploring hockey’s most divisive debate from top to bottom by exploring the past, present and future of on-ice fisticuffs. Included in the XL-sized magazine…

- Fight or flight: Fighting is as old as hockey itself, and controversy has followed it every step of the way. We walk you through the origin, evolution and adaptation of fighting in the NHL and the extinction of the enforcer happening now

- The fight debate: Ryan Kennedy and Adam Proteau go toe to toe with one explaining why fighting in hockey is a must and the other saying why the fisticuffs must go

- The price enforcers pay: Brandon Prust’s body has been bruised, battered and beaten up, but he always finds a way to fight through the pain

- Team fighter rankings: We’ve crunched the numbers to crown the NHL’s premier pugilistic club. The No. 1 team on our list will surprise you

- Exclusive fighting survey: THN asks 24 industry insiders to have their say on fighting’s place in the game and where’s it’s headed

- Skill over brawn: Coaches demand skill from all four lines now, and that’s led to the enforcers demise

- Forget a slow death: Let’s kill fighting quickly, says Ken Campbell

- Profiles on some of the NHL’s top current fighters: Milan Lucic, Chris Neil, Brian McGrattan, Shawn Thornton, Jared Boll, Tom Sestito and others

- The 1981 Bruins-North Stars brawl: How Minnesota lost the battle, but ended up winning the war

- Trickle down effect: There are more fighters in the AHL now and the league’s new rules haven’t deterred fisticuffs…yet

- All this and much, much more

Pick up a copy at your local newsstand, buy it from the THN store, digitally on the IPad or through Zinio, or subscribe at


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