MONTREAL - A slim majority of Canadians believe NHL hockey fights should be banished to the penalty box - for good - a new poll suggests.
A Harris-Decima survey conducted during the NHL all-star weekend indicates 54 per cent of respondents think fighting should be ousted from the league.
The poll suggests only 40 per cent of Canadians believe fisticuffs should stay in the game.
The survey of just more than 1,000 people was conducted between last Thursday and Sunday and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
Quebecers - at 62 per cent - oppose fighting far more than residents of any other region in Canada.
Still, 68 per cent of NHL fans who follow the NHL closely say the gloves should continue to drop.
The NHL plans to officially examine the role of fighting in the league during the GMs' meeting in March.
The debate reignited recently after senior men's player Don Sanderson died following a fight in which he hit his head on the ice and Garrett Klotz suffered a seizure following a bout in the AHL.