Fourth-line “goons” patrolling the ice for a few minutes, looking for a fight, used to be commonplace in the NHL. Over the past ten years or so, however, teams have prioritized more technically skilled players, leaving no room on the roster for one-dimensional fighters.
In this project, I visualized the number of fights in every NHL game (regular season and playoffs) between 2010 and 2020. In this time, not only has the average number of fights per game decreased almost every year, but the number of multi-fight games has also decreased substantially – just take a look at the number of orange and red bars in the 2010-2011 season compared to the 2019-2020 season.
Each chart represents a season’s worth of fights, and each bar represents a game. The white points on the inner circles represent a game without any fights. Hovering over any bar will provide information on the date of the game, the matchup, the number of fights, and the players involved in the fight.