BREAKING: Fighting Officially Banned in Top Junior League

Published August 10, 2023 at 6:17 PM

In breaking news, the QMJHL has officially changed its rules to ban fighting from the game.

Fighting Banned Next Season

The QMJHL recently announced on twitter that the rules have been changed to have a heavier penalty for fighting.

The QMJHL has announced that fighting has been banned starting this upcoming season.

The rules now state that fighting will result in an automatic ejection with other supplemental discipline to follow.

Major Development for Fighting

In their rule change, the league states that it is trying to create a safe quality of play conducive to the development of players. As a result, fighting will put a player out for at least the remainder of a given game, and potentially more based on the determination of who instigated the fight.

The QMJHL made the announcement here.

QMJHL introduces its safety regulations.

Section 4: Fights
In order to prevent physical and psychological violence that may result in minor or serious injury or, in extreme circumstances, death, the QMJHL is responsible for establishing rules of intervention when a fight occurs between two or more people during a game, regardless of whether they are players or other team members (coach, assistant coach, trainer, etc.).
Rule 47 of the Playing Rules, starting with the 2023-2024 season, provides for fights being prohibited with more restrictive and dissuasive sanctions in order to emphasize a safe quality of play conducive to the development of players participating in QMJHL activities.
The QMJHL will ensure that the sanctions mentioned in the following paragraphs are applied.
As soon as a fight occurs, those engaged must be systematically ejected from the game.
Any player found to have instigated the fight will also receive an automatic one-game suspension.
The person declared to be the aggressor during the fight will receive a minimum of two automatic games of suspension.
In addition to the game misconduct, an automatic game suspension is imposed starting with the player's 2nd fight of the season. This suspension is in addition to the sanctions described in the preceding paragraphs.

This is a major development in the overall movement to get rid of fighting in hockey in general and potentially the NHL.
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