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FORMER NHL ENFORCER TRYING TO ELIMINATE FIGHTING IN YOUTH SPORTS

Enrico Ciccone used to play in the NHL as an enforcer, but now he is a politician trying to enforce something else. On Wednesday, Ciccone presented a piece of legislation to the National Assembly in Quebec that would ban fighting in all non-combat sports with athletes younger than 18 years of age.

“Of course some people will say ‘look at this guy, he’s a hypocrite," Ciccone told the newspaper. 'He made a bunch of money and now he wants to change things.’ Of course, I do. And I’m probably the best guy to do it. I’ll raise that flag for the safety of our kids, any time of the day."

Ciccone is no stranger to fighting in hockey, as he was known for his physical playstyle while he was in the NHL. He believes that the health effects caused by concussions in fighting should be enough to ban the brutal aspect of hockey, that should definitely only be allowed for men.

Sports leagues still have not outlawed fighting in Canada, so Ciccone is hoping to write it into law. One youth hockey league in Canada did up the penalty for fighting from 5 minutes to 15 minutes, but it is still not enough.

“It is absolutely unacceptable," Ciccone said. "If sports organizations do not have the will to protect our young people in order to send a clear and unequivocal message by banning them completely, it is up to us, as legislators, to make sure we go as far as possible to protect them."



Ciccone was drafted in 1990 by the Minnesota North Stars, and played for 6 other NHL teams (Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago Blackhawks, Carolina Hurricanes, Vancouver Canucks and Montreal Canadiens).

The fighter racked up 1,469 penalty minutes and just 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 374 NHL games. If anyone knows the side effects from fighting, he is the guy.
BRENNEN BEAUDIN
OCTOBER 23, 2020  (10H54)
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