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KEN DRYDEN, SOME FIGHT LEFT IN HIM, LOOKS TO KO SCRAPPING
Published December 1, 1997
Maple Leafs President Ken Dryden "is determined to see fighting abolished" in the NHL, according to Marty York of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. Dryden: "I intend to start lobbying for it formally. ... As far as I'm concerned, the NHL should not be treating fighting as though it is part of the game. In my view, if an NHL player fights, he should be ejected, plain and simple, just as players in baseball or basketball are." Dryden said that he has "expressed his opinion to the NHL informally" at a recent meeting. Dryden: "There was a real difference of opinion in that room. ... Essentially, we've been programmed to consider constant fighting in hockey as if there isn't a choice, as if there is an inevitability to it" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/27). CHEERS FOR DISNEY: NHL Oilers President Glen Sather, on Disney's handling of Paul Kariya's holdout: "We're all watching it with a lot of interest. And I'm 100 percent behind the way [Walt Disney Chair Michael] Eisner and Disney are handling this. This is the function of the collective bargaining agreement. This is what we had all those negotiations and a lockout about" (EDMONTON SUN, 11/29).