New OHL rule to get rid of staged fights


TORONTO — The Ontario Hockey League is trying to get rid of staged fights.

The league introduced a new rule Wednesday that will see players given a game misconduct if they fight off the faceoff at the start of a period or game. They will also be given a one-game suspension while their team will be fined $500.

Repeat offenders will receive harsher penalties.

NHL general managers suggested a rule designed to curb staged fights in March 2008, but it never got past the league’s competition committee.

The OHL’s rule takes effect on Friday.