NHL adopting OHL’s rules regarding fighting?

So if and when play does begin in the NHL this season, there might be some new rules that target frequent mitt-droppers such as the Bruins Shawn Thornton and the New York Rangers Brandon Prust.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Puck Daddy, the NHL could possibly adopt the OHL’s rules that target frequent fighters to stricter penalties and suspensions for their actions.  The proposed rule by OHL commissioner David Branch goes like this- Players are allowed to fight up to 10 times without any backlash from the league.  Once the player get fighting major 11-15 he will be suspended two games per fight, the same goes for fights 16-20 as well as a $1,000 fine each time.

One important thing that shouldn’t be left out is the instigator rule.  If the opposing player is assessed an instigator penalty it will not count towards the player’s total, but if the the player who was assessed the instigator penalty was above the 10 game limit then he will be issued an automatic 4 game suspension.

The Bruins will have to be particularly cautious of this rule as Shawn Thornton was one of only two players last year who fought at least 20 times.

Now for all you blood-thirsty hockey lovers who automatically hate this new rule, I should state that the NHL has not instituted it yet or confirmed their interest in it, but it is something that they are going to keep a close eye as it progresses in the OHL.

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JJ Murphy

JJ Murphy

Been with the Nosebleeds since September 2012, Freshman at Lyndon State College studying Electronic Journalism Arts. Waltham Mass. born and raised, on the playground is where i spent most of my days. Follow @JJMurphy30
  • http://Enteryourwebsite... Joe45

    NHL would never adopt this kind of rule. It’s ok for OHL I guess but it sounds very lame as then you get into all kinds of problems when an enforcer has his back to the wall on the verge of these multiple game suspensions. The pressure that player will get from opposing teams knowing his predicament to & trying to get him suspended will make him a lame duck. I think it would force coaches & GM’s to ensure they have multiple enforcers on the team in order to spread the responsibility & therefore more fights will occur. What a stupid rule

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... Willie12

    If you want your star players to remain healthy you might want an enforcer on your team.TOO many of you fickle fans are sissies and don’t want fighting.That’s Bettman’s theory and he doesn’t have a friend in the league.
    Get rid of the instigator rule and put the red line back in.

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... pongo

    fighting is part of the game…. other teams will target players with multi fighting penalties and get the suspensions.. I would use this tactic as the season winds down to disrupt the lines… OHL??? wtf

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... A. Parsons

    Montreal Canadiens Brandon Prust

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... Doug

    I would suggest worring about the labor strikes and if there will be a season at all this year or how many more years till the fans suffer another year of no hockey, OHL maybe the only place to get to see some hockey!!!!! Fighting in the NHL should be the fans and the medias last worry right now.

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... mark stevens

    Get the CBA squared away,then you can think of new ways to fuck up hockey.

  • http://Enteryourwebsite... mike

    This is garbage. The NHL can’t even get Winnipeg to the Western Conference and you think they’re going to adopt this just because the OHL does? Garbage article.