If you think the role of fighting in hockey is no longer what it once was, you would be right. You would also be stating the obvious (even in a season that has already featured a vicious haymaker), but now there are even more numbers to support the notion that brawls are out of style in the NHL. Online Casino collected data from HockeyFights.com to analyze NHL fights that have occurred since the turn of the century, and all signs are that on-ice scuffles are in serious decline. Study results showed that less than 30 percent of all NHL games since 2012 have featured a fight, while no season has had more than 40 percent of its games include a fight since 2009-2010. Our data reveal a few seasons in which brawls occurred with relentless regularity. In four seasons studied (2001-02, 2003-04, 2008-09, and 2009-10), fights occurred in more than 40 percent of games. Considering the NHL's regular season schedule includes 1,271 separate contests, that's more than 500 fights before even reaching the playoffs.
Fighting is down in the NHL, and the numbers are there to prove it
CBS Sports | Nov 8