Zack Stortini says fighting in hockey is as much a traditional as the game itself.
Fighting in most sports is traditionally considered taboo. You fight; you’re out. Not too often is it an achievement for an athlete.
If you think that, you don’t know hockey.
In fact, if you head to the Charlotte Checkers’ website and click on Zack Stortini’s profile, his biography touts he led the NHL in fights in 2008/2009. (With 25 fights, if we’re being exact.) Despite his rambunctious record, Stortini is kind and methodical while explaining this hockey tradition – at least, until we got him to demonstrate his fighting skills.