The Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine has called on the National Hockey League to ban fighting if it wants to prevent more "uncontrolled violence" and save the game's flagging integrity.
In a position statement on violence and injuries in hockey, the national organization of physicians said it "looks to the NHL to provide leadership by example and eliminate violent activities such as fighting and deliberate attempts to injure from professional hockey."
In calling for a ban on fighting, the CASM argued that fighting "results in an automatic ejection from the game in most major sports," including many hockey leagues around the world.
The statement comes in the aftermath of the Todd Bertuzzi-Steve Moore incident that drew international media scrutiny on the issue of violence in hockey.
"Recent incidents in the National Hockey League continue to bring attention to the need for change in the game at all levels in order to eliminate uncontrolled violence," read the statement in a reference to the Bertuzzi controversy.
Rob Blake, a Colorado teammate of Steve Moore, said fighting is a part of the game, echoing a belief that many players hold.
"If two guys look at each other, square off and decide to fight, that's part of our game and has been for a long time," Blake said.
Blake did draw a line between fighting and premeditated attacks, saying "there is no room in our game for what happened [to Steve Moore]."
This isn't the first time the CASM has tackled the issue of violence in hockey. In 1988, the organization published 'Violence and Injuries in Ice Hockey', a similar position statement.