Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/24/12 at 03:56 PM ET
from David Naylor of TSN,
When the Ontario Hockey League introduced its new rule which suspends players who exceed 10 fights in a season, it seemed reasonable that its effects might not surface until the latter months of the schedule.
But just five weeks into the 2012-13 season, the new measure has had a dramatic influence on the numbers of fights across the league.
Fighting in the OHL is down 32.1 per cent after 119 games, compared to the same number of one year ago.
That's far more than most people expected, including OHL commissioner Dave Branch, who championed the fight rule during the off-season as a means of trying to remove the one-dimensional tough guy from within the league's ranks.
"I'm surprised, I really am," said Branch. "I didn't think there would be that kind of immediate, shall we say, impact on the number of (fights)."
continued including a few comments from Colin Campbell regarding the rule...
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