[PW] Hockey term - "go" to mean fight

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Mon Jun 6 12:52:26 PDT 2016

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On Mon, Jun 6, 2016 at 2:14 PM, Stacey Marien <smarien at american.edu> wrote:
> Hello all
> I am helping a friend trying to trace the origin of the verb "go" to mean
> "to fight" in ice hockey
> I have been searching historical newspapers but it seems impossible to
> isolate the word"go" in the context of hockey and fighting
> any tips on how to approach this?
> Stacey
> Stacey Marien
> Acquisitions Librarian
> American University Library
> smarien at american.edu
> 202-885-3842
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