Hockey in Europe is getting more and more like the North American style of hockey. 10-15 years ago they hardly even hit or fought but they do now. I would say the answer is yes but only because it is so similar to our game.
This is the worst and most pointless hockey question I have seen. If you want to know his favorite cereal, romantic comedy, and team he hopes he is traded to-ask him or stalk him or have an imaginary conversation with him. How the hell would anyone know any of these things. Wait I am sorry-he loves European hockey-and he think he loves you.