Originally Posted by Raisor
By the by, another difference is that players do get charged with assult for really bad things in hockey.
Yes, when a hockey player uses his stick to smack someone in the head and almost kill them, then they MIGHT be charged with assault. But those situations are extremely rare and basically a weapon is being used. There was also the Todd Bertuzzi situation where he was charged for assault for hitting Steve Moore on the side of the head from behind (someone who was skating away from him) and then jumping on his back and driving his head in the ice ... almost killing him (and ending his career). But other than Bertuzzi, I can't think of anyone getting in legal trouble due to on-ice fighting (and his fight was not a "fight" ... it was a vicious sucker punch).
Anyway, I know what you're saying, I just didn't want non-hockey fans to have the idea that guys are getting in trouble legally for getting in hockey fights. About 0.0001 percent of hockey fights end in any type of assault charges/legal issues.