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Campbell says NHL will “closely” monitor new junior fighting rule

Sep 19, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

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The Ontario Hockey League has implemented a new fighting rule and, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, it could have ramifications on how the NHL handles on-ice pugilism.

Starting this season, the OHL will suspend players that accumulate more than 10 fights in a season:

1. If a player is assessed a fighting major for the 11th to 15th time during the regular season, such player is assessed an automatic two game suspension for each additional fighting major in addition to any other penalties assessed.

2. If a player is assessed a fighting major for the 16th time or more during the regular season, such player is assessed an automatic two game suspension and the hockey club is fined $1,000.00 for each additional fighting major in addition to any other penalties assessed.

3. If a player is deemed to be the instigator in any of the fights above the 10 game threshold, such player would be assessed an automatic four game suspension in addition to any other penalties assessed.

NHL senior vice-president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said OHL commissioner David Brach consulted him prior to making the rule change.

Campbell also said his department had conversations about a similar “fighting limit” idea.

“We’ve discussed the aspect of fighting over the years,” Campbell told ESPN. “We had a couple of initial discussions about this last spring. They were thinking about implementing some sort of quota. I mentioned to we had debated that internally in Hockey Operations at the NHL level.

“We’ll be watching closely. It will be interesting to see how it works.”

LeBrun notes the 10-fight threshold might have to be adjusted at the NHL level, given the NHL schedule is 82 games compared to the OHL’s 68-game slate.


  1. sjsharks66 - Sep 19, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Wow, that’s all I have to say.

  2. sharkcity408 - Sep 19, 2012 at 2:39 PM


  3. tatdue - Sep 19, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    F’n stupid rule…I guess that they want to save money by having the young stars get injured out before they even reach the NHL now……Any really good young players should take a different route to the NHL rather than playing in a league that wants to take away a teams ability to protect their most talented players……Branch is a complete moron!

  4. icyirish - Sep 19, 2012 at 4:24 PM


    • jtrain1966 - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:38 PM

      I agree with the first portion of your comment but, to want Bettman to just die : that’s just wrong ! I wish they would just KICK HIS ASS TO THE CURB, & GET IT OVER WITH !

  5. theawesomersfranchise - Sep 19, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Only 10? If they are going to assign a # it should start at 20, hell, I got into 9 fights in my final season and I was a lover not a fighter.

  6. davebabychreturns - Sep 19, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    There were 18 guys in the NHL who had more than ten fights last season, if they went with a rule like this and bumped up the threshold to say, 15 fighting majors then it would impact six guys out of 700+.

    Even if you made the penalties so severe it meant that no player ever got more than 15 fighting majors that would have prevented a grand total of 22 fights last year.

    Big deal.

  7. mpg44 - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Here is a problem with this … Say a guy have nine fights , and the opposition knows this , they are going to taunt him and ride him hard till he finally drops the gloves . Would that be a penalty and how would you enforce it. This rule will go I’ve just as well as the hooking penalty now . We have already seen players letting go of their own sticks and allowing the other player to skate away literally hold that same stick , but no call is made ? Not that any of this matters now since the NHL is ruined thanks to bettman and fehr s shenanigans !! Way to go guys !!

  8. jimw81 - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    let’s pissed off the fans more if they ever come back

  9. jtrain1966 - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    I don’t why in the HELL they want to mess with TRADITION ! These fringe fans that the NHL is after are coming to the games to see the fights, & yes they come to see good hockey too. But if you start with suspending players after a certain amount of fights, what is keeping them from saying that these guys are previous offenders ? I would hate to see some guy busting his ass to protect his teammates, get suspended for something else just because he had been suspended because of a previous suspension due to fighting !

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