Gary Bettman is turning Hockey from a Canadian game to a American game, because that's where the money is.
heck, Hockey fights are even better then what you see in other sports
Football? You teach kids to ram into each other and dog pile? Teach them to tackle someone in the air and bounce their head on the ground?
Baseketball? You teach kids to elbow and clutch and grab and fight for position?
Baseball? You have professionals throwing baseballs purposel AT the batter, you have runners RUNNING into the catcher and make him drop the ball.
and mind you, the sport with the most money is BOXING,
NASCAR, you have kids learning that driving fast is COOL! and POPULAR
ok, now stick to the eye, slashing legs, these kinds should be out of the game
but hits and battles are PART of the game, and so is FIGHTING
fighting has been in the game and there's a PENALTY for it, an official PENALTY
Basketball, you fight, you get a warning and most of the cases you'll be ejected
Baseball, you fight, your gone
Footbal, you fight, your gone? (i'm not sure)
boxing, you fight, uh, your cheered, and you win money
nascar, uh, i haven't seen a fight in these yet, but if you count the fighting for position bumpings of cars, uh.. no there's no penalty
so in hockey you get a penalty, that's a penalty