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Why is hockey a violent game?

by  Kaz Andrew

People who don’t follow hockey closely or who are new to the sport often wonder why it’s so violent.

Of course, those who do understand the sport in greater depth can see exactly how this misconception arises – but it’s often difficult to explain to others – and we should all realise that it does our sport few favours in an international context. And with the Winter Olympics upon us – the international spotlight burns brighter than at any other time.

But first off – why does it appear so violent? In the prefect world, there would be no require...