NHL: Is the OHL Rule the First Step Toward Removing Fighting from the Game?

October 16th, 2012 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
There's something that gets the blood boiling when two NHL players square off with each other and start throwing punches.

Many hockey fans get as excited and turned on by an explosive fight as they do by a game-winning goal.

However, it's hard to defend fighting on the ice as a reasonable tactic. The NHL is concerned with the long-term health of its players, and the damage done by head shots is one of the key factors it has been studying.

When players fight on the ice and throw hard punches at their opponent's head, they are putting their long-term health at risk.

Critics have long derided professional hockey for its acceptance of fighting as an accepted tactic.

This year, the Ontario Hockey League is taking a small step to limit fighting.

The OHL is monitoring the number of fights its players participate in this season (source: nationalpost.com). It has set a limit of 10 fights per player. If any player has more than 10 fights, he will be subject to suspension. On the 11th fight, the player will be suspended two games. For each fight past that, the player would receive an additional two-game suspension.

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