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NHL's model to cut fighting?

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07:57 AM ET 10.25 | Considering the Ontario Hockey League's new rule to suspend players who exceed 10 fights in a season, it seemed reasonable that its effects may need some time to measure. 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.

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October 25, 2012  08:09 AM ET
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They're doing a great job of cutting fighting right now!

Yep. Down 100% from last year.

October 25, 2012  09:20 AM ET
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They're doing a great job of cutting fighting right now!

stellar observation.

October 25, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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Yep. Down 100% from last year.

But name calling is up 3 fold seems kind of wussified

October 25, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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But name calling is up 3 fold seems kind of wussified

Bettman's going to implement an "insinuator penalty."

October 25, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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Bettman's going to implement an "insinuator penalty."

ok...then I'll take the 1st one....I will insinuate that Bettman is a little useless troll with his head so far up....that he can eat his lunch a 2nd time

October 25, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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ok...then I'll take the 1st one....I will insinuate that Bettman is a little useless troll with his head so far up....that he can eat his lunch a 2nd time

Thats a 1 minute minor spiny even though its true its still a penalty

October 25, 2012  09:47 AM ET
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ok...then I'll take the 1st one....I will insinuate that Bettman is a little useless troll with his head so far up....that he can eat his lunch a 2nd time

I'd call you for it but I'm laughing too had.

October 25, 2012  09:48 AM ET
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ok...then I'll take the 1st one....I will insinuate that Bettman is a little useless troll with his head so far up....that he can eat his lunch a 2nd time

I'd call you for it but I'm laughing too hard.

October 25, 2012  10:01 AM ET
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Thats a 1 minute minor spiny even though its true its still a penalty

I'm the new disciplinarian and it's my take that Spiny's intent was not to injure and no penalty was called on ice.

Ipso fatso no fines or suspensions for Spiny. He'd just better make sure he doesn't become a repeat insinuator...

October 25, 2012  10:04 AM ET
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ok...then I'll take the 1st one....I will insinuate that Bettman is a little useless troll with his head so far up....that he can eat his lunch a 2nd time

Very good Spiny. One of your best. But this is going to require a doctorate before you can join Weight Watchers. God knows it'll be tough to watch that! :)

October 25, 2012  10:17 AM ET

Maybe they should focus on reducing slew foots and head shots before worrying about fighting. Oh, and remove the instigator penalty and a lot of the dirty play disappears. What a concept.

October 25, 2012  10:21 AM ET
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Maybe they should focus on reducing slew foots and head shots before worrying about fighting. Oh, and remove the instigator penalty and a lot of the dirty play disappears. What a concept.

C'mon. Why do you insist on making sensible suggestions? :)

October 25, 2012  10:34 AM ET
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C'mon. Why do you insist on making sensible suggestions? :)

It's either a gift or an affliction ;)

October 25, 2012  10:40 AM ET

Maybe they're just saving themselves until the NHL starts up again to get noticed.

October 25, 2012  10:45 AM ET
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I'm the new disciplinarian and it's my take that Spiny's intent was not to injure and no penalty was called on ice.Ipso fatso no fines or suspensions for Spiny. He'd just better make sure he doesn't become a repeat insinuator...

I recognise now that I have an Insinuation problem, and will seek help immediately. It's not my fault, society is to blame. we need to get a support group and $1 millions in research funds....(see...I make fun of Liberal thought too!)

October 25, 2012  10:50 AM ET
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I recognise now that I have an Insinuation problem, and will seek help immediately. It's not my fault, society is to blame. we need to get a support group and $1 millions in research funds....(see...I make fun of Liberal thought too!)

For being an EO insinuator your minor penalty has been reduced to 30 seconds just don't become a repeat insinuator

October 25, 2012  11:19 AM ET
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I recognise now that I have an Insinuation problem, and will seek help immediately. It's not my fault, society is to blame. we need to get a support group and $1 millions in research funds....(see...I make fun of Liberal thought too!)

First offense - probation. Second offense - it's the comfy chair!!!

October 25, 2012  11:41 AM ET
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First offense - probation. Second offense - it's the comfy chair!!!

and a cup of coffee at 11?

 
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