Boston Bruins Forward Rips Junior League Over Rule Change

Published August 12, 2023 at 0:30

Hockey has always been a sport of history and tradition. Fans and players of the game are very proud of the sport they love and how unique it is compared to the other major sports in North America. One of the longest-lasting parts of hockey may be on its way out however with new rule changes.

QMJHL Bans Fighting

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League announced they have banned fighting on Thursday. With the new rules, players will immediately be ejected and suspended for any fighting. The new rule is seen below:

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 news has led to many strong reactions from fans, players and executives at all levels of hockey.

Lauko Share Opinion On Fighting Ban

In a tweet on Friday Jakub Lauko shared his opinion on the ban of fighting in the QMJHL. Lauko, 23, played a total of 23 games with the Bruins in his first season with the NHL squad. He also spent a year playing in the QMJHL after being drafted by the Bruins.

as someone who played in Q' what a joke!!!

Lauko's stance on fighting is one that is shared by others across the hockey community as well. The QMJHL will be an interesting experiment to see how hockey operates at higher levels without fighting. If things go well for the league other leagues could adopt the rule in the coming years.
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Boston Bruins Forward Rips Junior League Over Rule Change

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