The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) Thursday formalized the plan to eliminate fighting from the league.
Under the league’s new rules:
- Fighters are automatically ejected from the game.
- A player judged to be an instigator will receive a one-game suspension.
- The player judged to be the aggressor in the fight will receive, at a minimum, a two-game suspension.
- Starting with the player’s second fight of the season, an additional game suspension is added to the above punishment.
The next question is how the Ontario Hockey League and Western Hockey League will react to this QMJHL change. Also, how will the NHL react to the QMJHL being a non-fighting league when it comes to assessing potential draft picks?
The Red Wings have drafted three first round picks out of the QMJHL in the last decade: Anthony Mantha (2013), Filip Zadina (2018) and Joe Veleno (2018).
Last season, the Red Wings signed Alexandre Doucet as a free agent out of the QMJHL.
QMJHL introduces sanctions to ban fighting from league.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) August 10, 2023
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