The Ontario Hockey League is taking initiatives to improve player safety protocols.
The Score reports that the OHL has brought down the number of fights per season a player is allowed to engage in before serving an automatic two-game suspension. Previously, 10 fights would lead to disciplinary action and that number has been lowered to three per season.
Moreover, blindside hits will be under the microscope as a new penalty will be instilled. Officials will hereby discretionarily asses minor, major, game misconducts, and/or match penalties according to their better judgment.
The Score also mentions that the WHL and QMJHL may choose to adopt similar rules, and this solidifies the trend in bringing down fighting and dirty hits in North American hockey.