OHL to crack down on repeat fighters with suspensions, fines
Kitchener Rangers', Tyler Randell, left, tries to hold back Windsor Spitfires', Harry Young, right, as they fight during second period OHL hockey action on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, in Windsor, Ont. (The Canadian Press/Greg Plante)
Published Wednesday, September 19, 2012 4:11PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, September 19, 2012 4:13PM EDT
TORONTO -- Fighting could end up costing players more than five minutes in the penalty box in the Ontario Hockey League this season.
The league announced several rule revisions Wednesday, with some noteworthy changes to how the league will handle supplemental discipline.
Players who exceed 10 fighting majors will face suspensions from the 11th fight on.
They will get two-game bans for every fighting major assessed after the first 10 and four games if they are deemed the instigator.
From the 16th fighting major on, the player's team is fined $1,000.
The OHL also announced it will be adjusting its playoff format.
The higher-ranked team in a playoff series will host the first two games, while the lower-ranked team hosts the next two. The final three games would alternate.
Currently, all seven games in a playoff series alternate between the two cities.