In looking over TSN's site, I was struck by the following items:
Anaheim Ducks: Ducks left wing Todd Fedoruk will be out of action indefinitely after his right cheekbone was broken during his fight Friday night with Minnesota Wild enforcer Derek Boogaard. - LA Times
Dallas Stars: Steve Ott's first fight of the 2006-07 season will be his last for awhile after he suffered a fractured ankle while falling in a scrap with the Kings' Tom Kostopoulos on Saturday night. Ott, who has three points, all assists, this season, will have surgery Monday, coach Dave Tippett said. Ott likely will miss eight weeks of action. - Star-Telegram
Is it me, or are guys getting hurt more often in hockey fights than they used to? Don Cherry used to love to say that guys never got hurt in hockey fights, and I have to admit that when I was a kid following the game religiously, I don't recall anyone picking up a serious injury in a scrap. Over the last few years, however, they seem to be far more frequent. Adam Deadmarsh's career was ended by a fight with Jovanovski, a fact that gets surprisingly little play. Of course, Nick Kypreos also got sent to the broadcast booth early by virtue of finishing second in a fight, and there have been others.
Any theories as to why this is happening? I'm far from certain myself. Maybe it is because NHL players are so much stronger and better conditioned these days, and as a result can actually land better punches than they could back in the day, or wrestle a guy to the ice with more force. Who knows?