Before getting into this week’s bout, there was some interesting news out of the Ontario Hockey League this week and it had to do with fighting. Guys who drop their gloves frequently could face a harsher scale of penalties.
OHL Commissioner David Branch announced that players who engage in more than 10 altercations during the regular season will receive a two-game suspension for each additional fight up to 15.
For fights 16-20, the player will continue to receive two-game bans and his team will also be fined $1,000 and the league can assess additional punishment. (Source: St. Catherine’s Standard)
If one player is determined as being the instigator in a fight, the other party’s fighting major will not count towards his fight total. There have been some debates as to whether or not the NHL should institute a similar system. The initial reaction is now. Fighting isn’t as big in the NHL as it once was. If there are skirmishes, they are usually brief and carefully monitored. What do you think? Chime in in the comments.
And without further ado:
Yes, that is your Senior Vice President of Player Safety.