Mr. Speaker, last Saturday I was watching the Leaf game with my seven year old son, Patrick, who plays tyke hockey in Toronto. When a fight broke out on the ice my reaction was to change the channel. This is not behaviour my son nor his teammates are being taught.
How do I explain to my children that violence and in particular fighting, both on and off the ice, is wrong when they see professional hockey players fighting on the ice?
Fighting is illegal in Canada. It is a criminal offence whether it is taking place on a street corner or on an NHL rink. Why is it then that we seem to have two standards of justice? Why is the NHL above the law? The NHL has an obligation to put a stop to fighting. What kind of role models are we putting forward to the millions of Canadian boys and girls who watch and play hockey? If the NHL does not step in, then the government should insist that the police and prosecutors lay criminal charges.
Fighting in the NHL is disgraceful and it has to stop for the sake of our children.