The era of the NHL goon is over. Good
Consider the hockey goon. Do it quickly, before it’s too late.
When the Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday – the game that is the annual season opener for the National Hockey League – neither team had a designated fighter on the roster. It was the first time that has happened in recent memory.
The enforcer has fallen out of vogue, mercifully for the men on whom the job has exacted a steep toll – former Canadiens tough guy Todd Ewen, who died last month, being the most recent human tragedy.