Hockey has always been a violent sport. Major injuries in sports have made headlines in recent years, so it is important to understand how National Hockey League (NHL) organizations view, use, and sometimes abuse violence. It’s not a secret that some players in the NHL don’t fit the general profile of a skilled hockey player. This paper investigates whether the unofficial title of “enforcer” really exists in the NHL by showing whether teams compensate certain players with non-typical or “enforcer” skill sets. Using a clustering analysis and a regression analysis there is a clear indication that NHL organizations do in fact incorporate this “enforcer” attribute when determining certain players’ salaries.
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"Do NHL Teams Regard Violence as a Positive Player Attribute and Thus Compensate for Violent Acts?,"
Major Themes in Economics: Vol. 15
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/mtie/vol15/iss1/6