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Watch The Red Band Trailer For "Goon"

You don't have to venture too far down the blog archive here at The Checking Line to figure out that fighting is perennially a hot topic, not only among our writers and readers, but the hockey community as a whole.

For better or for worse, and no matter how many of us end up wanting it out of the game, fighting is a part of hockey, and it definitely ends up being one of the bigger talking points and selling points for the sport. Not a week, nay, a day goes by without a fight video of note. People love that stuff.

Hockey's marriage with fighting goes back a long time, but it may have peaked in the late 70s, thanks, in part, to the legendary movie "Slap Shot&...