I'd love to love hockey.

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Practicing at the local ice rink

It's a fast paced sport, full of constant action. It combines a lot of the good parts of soccer and basketball. Who doesn't love a sport with three periods?

But it's just too violent. I can't bring myself to become a fan of a sport that condones this much violence.

Adam Gopnik's piece in the New Yorker puts it well:

The real argument made by those who like violence is "If you stop it, I won't be able to enjoy it." At least this is honest, but those aren't the words of a hockey fan: they're the words of a violence fan who happens to have glommed onto ice hockey.

I hope this changes as I'd like a chance to become a hockey fan.

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