I played junior hockey and grew up in the traditional culture of the sport. And I want the NHL to ban all fighting -- any time, everywhere, forever. However, the owners want to maintain fighting as part of the game. And their enforcers will continue to die young.
It's pretty hard to justify head shots, or anything that might damage the brain. But don't confuse concussions, head shots, or cheap shots with fighting. It could be argued that few things are less dangerous than a hockey fight. The crowd loves it, and little harm is done.
With few exceptions, hockey movies haven't exactly been box office (or even critical hits). Anyone remember Score: A Hockey
If we in Canada want to prevent more accidental deaths, we should launch a high profile national initiative to address a situation described, by the normally cautious College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, as an "opioid public health crisis."