Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Enhanced Fighting Rule for WHL

The Western Hockey League has implemented an enhanced fighting rule for the 2012-2013 season.

The new rule involves staged fights, and defines them as fights that occur immediately after any faceoff.

The new rule expands on a rule implemented last season which involved fights after opening faceoffs to any period.

Here's what the WHL release said today...

For the upcoming season, the WHL Playing Rule changes include:

1. Adoption of a staged fighting rule.  Should a fight occur following a face-off during a game, it will be considered a staged fight.  Should a stage fight occur during a pre-season, regular season or playoff game, the players involved shall each receive an automatic game misconduct in addition to the major penalty.  Should one player clearly initiate or instigate the fight, only that player will receive the game misconduct in addition to a minor penalty  for instigating the fight.  Should the linesmen intervene and prevent the fight from starting, the players involved will each receive misconduct penalties.

2. A delay of game penalty will be assessed any time a player places his hand over the puck while it is on the ice in order to conceal it from an opponent or to prevent an opponent from playing the puck.

3. A delay of game penalty will be assessed to any player taking a face-off who uses his hand to direct the puck in any direction.

The WHL is holding a media conference call at 3 p.m. (CDT).  I'll update with more information later today.


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