The refusal of certain governors of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to abolish fights shows a lack of respect for young men who help put money in their pockets.
The opportunity was however meant to be perfect during the vote held yesterday. Let's think about it.
How can we allow hockey players to fight during a pandemic?
The ideology that brawls bring people to arenas didn't hold up either. The season which starts tomorrow will be held behind closed doors.
Why not take the opportunity to ban fights once and for all?
We will still have to wait.
Process too slow
It is true that the QMJHL has made commendable efforts for several years to stop the battles. The figures show that the number of fights has dropped considerably.
This is good, but it is not enough.
We are no longer in the time of caves. It has to stop, that's all. Not in a year, not in two or in five. It should have been done yesterday.
Hockey has been refined for 15 years. The emphasis was on skill and speed. The matamores have been replaced by hardy players capable of playing hockey and contributing to their team's success.
Examples to scare
You can always say that the fights will eventually go away, but the process is taking too long to come to fruition.
Scientific research proves that blows to the head cause irreversible damage. We should have known this long before the century we live in. You only had to look at former boxers to know their brains were heavily damaged.
In a series about concussions that I did five or six years ago, Enrico Ciccone and David Morissette told me that they feared for their health.
Now a member of the National Assembly, Ciccone advocates the abolition of fights in hockey.
Take the last step
Most players who have played in the QMJHL or who are part of it today will tell you that it is a great school of life.
It's not false. We can believe it.
Young people must discipline themselves and work as a team, two fundamental rules in life. But they don't have to punch and take punches in the face.
According to what Gilles Courteau told us last night, the Minister of Sports, Isabelle Charest, is satisfied with the new measures adopted by the QMJHL.
It is as if she had entered the mold, that she too was telling herself that the fights will eventually disappear. She should have held her own.
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