See, most hockey fans don't mind a good scrap. The legendary tough guys were fighters, not kamikaze bombers. A pro knows the time will probably come when he's got to drop his gloves and go toe-to-toe. It's not the same thing as we've been seeing so much of - the vicious sneak hits that are ending careers. Gretzky was derided as needing a "bodyguard" when he played, but these days, Dave Semenko would be just as likely to be the one carried out on a stretcher. Eric Lindros - how big is the guy? 6'5", maybe 220 lbs? Career? Finished. Because of recurrent concussions. He should have had a long and extremely successful career. It's insanity.
I'm not just talking about the Horton hit here, but the ugly hockey we're seeing and the tense, angry atmosphere...I dunno, it almost feels like a perfect storm is brewing and we've only seen a glimpse of how ugly it can get.