Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2011 Matthew G. Morton
Fighting has been a centerpiece of the National Hockey League since it was formed in 1917. Although rules have been introduced regulating the physicality of play in the NHL, fighting is demanded—and encouraged—by fans and players alike. Fans have long been attracted to the violence of professional hockey; previous studies have documented that professional hockey is a “blood sport” that generates revenues with violence. This research investigates the effect of fighting on player salaries in the NHL, examining the way in which fighting has become a strategic element of the game, describing the way players enforce their own “Code” of hockey rules and police the ice in ways referees cannot, and comparing the salaries of fighters and skilled players to determine how players in different roles are valued.
Morton, Matthew G., "Blood Money: A Study of the Effect of Fighting on Player Salaries in the National Hockey League" (2011). CMC Senior Theses. 285.