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Check out this week’s Icebreaker column with Tyler Scofield exclusively in this Wednesday’s Evening Times.

To get you in the mood, check out this previous column with Jacob Doty, originally published in the Evening Times on 1st November 2017, where he talked about fighting on the ice.

“Skating to the penalty box after a fight that’s gone well is the best adrenaline rush you can find.

“When I started out in ice hockey, I was at a showcase tournament for the USHL, junior tier one when I got my first taste of fighting during a game.

“I finished a hit on a player and he challenged me to a fight, which I agreed to do. It went well for me and I found I was doing it more the next season. In fact, I enjoy it and still do.

“The biggest thing is the mutual respect that comes out of it.  Everyone that does do it has that respect for each other and I try to act in the right way.

“I like to think I’ve got a clean reputation and carry myself in the right manner and I do with the most respect I can for the other guys around the league.

“Timing is important too and I try to pick a good time to get my fights.  At the same time, if there’s something happening in the spur of the moment, you have to go with it.

“Unless it’s really a bad time, I’ll go for it.  There are also occasions where I’m out looking for it too, maybe more than normal if we need a spark or we’re down by one or two.

“But there are times where’s a hit on a team-mate and I feel something needs to happen so there has to be a response in some way.

“But that skate back to the penalty box can be a blackout sometimes. You don’t really realise what’s going on and you have to check you haven’t suffered any damage to your hands.

“Once you’ve done that, you take inventory, sit out for your five minutes then get back out and play.

“After my first fight at Braehead Arena, I could really feel the energy in the arena.  At that time, it was unreal and the place was really noisy.

“It can be difficult when you’re labelled as a fighter when you’ve got more to your game than you get credit for.

“It’s happening all over the hockey world and for me, it’s disappointing to see, but it’s the way it is.  I see myself as more than that and I’m glad I have the chance to prove that.

“My wife is pretty used to it now and we’ve been together a long time, but I’m not sure how it was at first when we first met.

“I don’t want to go as far as to say she enjoys it, but she handles it very well and my parents are the same way.  My dad doesn’t say anything, while my mom worries, of course.

“But they know I know what I’m doing.  Ultimately it’s my choice and they’re great about it.

“But the key to winning fights is not to lose.  You try your best to not get hit hard and it’s as simple as that. You keep your balance, time your punches and throw what you can.”