need to explicitly tell enforcers when or upon whom to whale; most fighters
have an intuitive grasp of the right time to step into their roles. In some
ways they serve a similar role to that of the chorus in Greek drama, offering a
pause in, and a commentary on, the narrative that drives the play. In this
sense, fighting is scripted. "The biggest misconception is that fighters
are mad at each other," Melrose says. "In fact, fighters are very much
in control ... like [players] taking a slap shot. They do it for a
appealing if intellectually indefensible, part of the show or sometimes merely
a sideshow, fighting is a cultural artifact in the NHL, and it is very much
back in vogue.
SCENES FROM THE
EDGE Fighting was up 57% last season, a rise that Melrose believes the league
is embarrassed by.