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A Few Rule Changes At The AHL Level

from The AHL,

Rule 46 (“Fighting”)/Rule 23 (“Game Misconducts”) 
• Players who enter into a fight prior to, at, or immediately following the drop of the puck for a faceoff will be assessed an automatic game misconduct in addition to other penalties assessed. 

• During the regular season, any player who incurs his 10th fighting major shall be suspended automatically for one (1) game. For each subsequent fighting major up to 13, the player shall also be suspended automatically for one (1) game. 

• During the regular season, any player who incurs his 14th fighting major shall be suspended automatically for two (2) games. For each subsequent fighting major, the player shall also be suspended automatically for two (2) games. 

• In any instance where the opposing player was assessed an instigator penalty, the fighting major shall not count towards the player’s total for this rule. 

Rule 82 (“Icing”) 
• In addition to not being permitted to make player substitutions, the offending team on an icing violation also may not use its team time-out. 

more from The AHL after their BOG meeting today...

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Paul's avatar

So what do you think, want to see some of these changes in the NHL?

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/07/16 at 01:54 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

This will change AHL games a lot.  I personally very much enjoy the fighting at AHL games, but it will decline quite a bit now.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/07/16 at 02:11 PM ET


I like the new icing rule. That’d be interesting in the NHL.

Posted by AZWinger on 07/07/16 at 03:43 PM ET


I dont like it. The difference maker between hockey and other sports is the large freedom enabling hockey players handle their own issues and conflicts by themself, through their own means. Fans like spontaneity and not a sanctimonious hypocrisy of superficial politeness and false correctness of “role models”:-D

Posted by tutoka from Leelanau Peninsula on 07/07/16 at 03:59 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

So does every team now need a second or third fighting forward to make sure they have the needed physical element should the need arise?  Might just backfire. Now teams that have more scrappy guys have a decided advantage should they want to play that type of game. Bad decision.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 07/07/16 at 04:46 PM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

All good incremental rule changes, as far as the fighting-related rules.

Key word being, “incremental.”

Just another step in cleaning up the mess that’s been in the NHL since the late 60’s.

The, “No TO after icing,” rule is also something I’d like to see in the NHL.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 07/08/16 at 01:26 AM ET

WingedRider's avatar

I am on the fence right now with the no TO after icing.  Just not sure what they are trying to accomplish? The TO will be used somewhere else so speeding up the game can’t be it.  Fake injuries, equipment adjustments, etc will occur. Not for or against, just don’t get what they are tryinng to stop or start.

Game misconduct immediately after dropping the puck, He Butch you want to go, Boris sure lets skate down in your zone and get after it”

Not sure a player who has 10 fighting majors will be missed for one game or more.

I wonder how many Knuckle Draggers had more than 10 fighting majors last season?

Now I would make different comments for leagues below the NHL. Some bottom 6 prospects below the NHL will look in the stands, see his teams scout or other scouts and do whatever he thinks will help him get to the Big Show. No matter the cost.

In the WHL juniors everyone stands up when there is a fight, morons, I say. I just sit and what until they are done.

Good for the minors probably not a necessity for the NHL.  I will probably change my mind, LOL


Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 07/08/16 at 11:09 AM ET

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