Why Hockey is Better Than You Think

The Fights 1 of 16

Hockey season — there's nothing quite like it. Yet hockey isn't always given the respect it deserves. From the players and fans, to the traditions and trash talk, here are 15 reasons that might just change your mind.

First of all, fighting is allowed. Sure you can get 5 minutes in the penalty box or even ejected from the game, but no referee will stop you until they have to. In fact, many players would agree that fighting is an essential part of the game.