A player in the QMJHL who fights will be issued a game misconduct and suspended for a game for each subsequent fight, commissioner Mario Cecchini announced on Friday.
The announcement comes after the league’s member assembly “endorsed a ban on fighting,” in March.
Officially, the QMJHL approved the:
1. Addition of a game misconduct penalty for any player involved in a fight;
2. Addition of an automatic one-game suspension for any player declared the instigator of a fight;
3. Addition of a minimum two-game automatic suspension for any player identified as the aggressor;
4. In addition to the game misconduct, an automatic one-game suspension will be imposed once a player has reached his second fight, rather than his third.
“We are taking a tremendous stride towards player safety,” Cecchini said in a press conference Friday, ahead of the league’s draft.