QMJHL Clamps Down on Fighting in Exchange for Government Relief Money
On its second try in two weeks, the Quebec League managed to increase its fighting penalties. The payoff? $20 million in pandemic relief from the Quebec government.
Quebec Government Has Unique Chance to KO Fighting in Jr. Hockey
Lawmakers in Quebec have been asked to give the QMJHL $20 million in pandemic relief, but wants the league to reduce fighting. That's not enough. A government should want to see fighting eliminated. Full stop.
Will QMJHL Change its Fighting Rules to Get Government Money?
The Quebec League is looking for $20 million from the provincial government to cover the cost of playing in empty arenas, but that money would come with a very significant caveat.
After horrific injury occurs in AHL fight, it's time to put an end to this insanity
An AHL fight between ended with Kale Kessy stretchered off the ice with an oxygen mask over his face, and gut-wrenching scenes such as that should be enough to end the fighting debate.
The fighting debate isn't nuanced or complex. Either you want fighting or you don't
The QMJHL delayed their vote on whether to ban fighting until August, with league commissioner Gilles Courteau calling it a "sensitive matter" that everyone "wants to understand it to the fullest.” But the entire debate comes down to a simple choice.
Shouldn't have done that: the five most ill-advised fights of 2019-20
Whether it was done through anger or in defense of a fallen teammate, some NHLers found themselves way over their heads in fights. We count down the unluckiest combatants of the season so far.
Ryan Reaves is making the heavyweight fighting crown look fun
The Vegas Golden Knights enforcer gets the experts' seal of approval and when it comes to dropping the gloves, Reaves brings a big smile to the proceedings. Who says you can't have fun at work?
Federal League director of officiating resigns, owner fined $25,000 in wake of shocking skirmish
A confrontation between the owner of the Elmira Enforcers and on-ice officials following a controversial goal call has resulted in the director of officiating resigning from the league and the FHL handing down a massive fine.
Backes clarifies enforcer comments: 'I’m not looking for the NHL heavyweight championship belt'
Despite reports he was willing to take on the role of enforcer, David Backes wants to make it clear that he's not looking for fights. The veteran simply wants to be more useful to his team, not put himself in danger.
The First Word: Fewer punches leading to less pain
Fighting in the NHL hasn't gone the way of the dodo bird, but the number of combatants is on the decline and that's resulting in fewer trips to the infirmary.
The Courageous: Clune, McGrattan and Tootoo share more than 'enforcer' title
They plied the same trade and lived the same NHL dream. But Clune, McGrattan and Tootoo shared something else – they all fell into the same hole of addiction. To emerge from their abyss, they had to fight the same demons, the ones that have hurt so many players like them. But trapped inside hockey’s culture of silence, each was alone as he faced a seemingly invincible opponent, powerless to take it on himself. Until they found hope. Until they found will. Until they found each other
Tom Wilson is the bad guy in every 1980s teen movie
He can make the opposition hurt in more ways than one and the NHL hasn't had a player like that since Milan Lucic was in his prime with the Bruins
Michael Liambas has no business being in the NHL, but that’s exactly where he is
After being effectively kicked out of two leagues, Michael Liambas has averaged nearly four penalty minutes per game across his 386-game professional career.
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Line brawl breaks out between Canada, Russia at pre-Olympic tournament
A contest between Canada and Russia at an Olympic evaluation tournament got heated early before an interference penalty led to a line brawl between the national teams.
Is Anders Cain the most dangerous player in the minors?
Anders Cain has taken his act to the Halifax Highlanders, and he still isn't shy about telling it like it is. Especially when it comes to new teammate Doug Glatt.
Sestito embodies NHL's never-ending culture of violence and revenge
In hockey more than any other sport, any perceived slight, no matter how big or small, has to be avenged. That's the only reason Tom Sestito was in the Penguins' lineup on Wednesday.
Evgeni Malkin and the beauty of the Gordie Howe hat trick
Some of us still love a good star fight, and on Wednesday Evgeni Malkin answered the bell in a fight en route to a rare Gordie Howe hat trick.
The last of a dying breed, Eric Boulton forged an unlikely 20-year career
Eric Boulton is the lone survivor of his draft class and among the last of a dying breed. For more than two decades, he has done everything to impress his teammates -- from fighting heavyweights to eating raw potatoes.
Old-fashioned donnybrook breaks out in latest edition of Habs-Leafs rivalry
The faces might change, but the heated Montreal-Toronto rivalry always stays the same.