O.H.L. to Announce New Helmet Rule on Fighting


Son of Liberty
I was listening to Home ice just now and heard about this:

The first change in hockey rules to arise from the death of senior hockey player Don Sanderson will be announced on Wednesday when the major junior Ontario Hockey League makes players who remove their helmets during fights subject to a minimum one-game suspension, the league’s commissioner said on Tuesday.

“You have an obligation to protect players,” O.H.L. Commissioner David Branch told Slap Shot in an interview today. “I know we’ll come under criticism when it’s announced, but to me it’s not dissimilar to the seatbelt laws that came in.”

Two O.H.L. players were disciplined last week for removing their helmets prior to a fight. On Friday the league announced one-game suspensions for Brandon Mashinter of the Belleville Bulls and James DeLory of the Oshawa Generals for taking off their helmets to fight during a Jan. 7 game.

O.H.L. to Announce New Helmet Rule on Fighting - Slap Shot Blog - NYTimes.com
Do you believe this will impact the NHL? Obviously any mark against fighting is one that I cringe at and when a Skater dies because of it... well ouch you know ripples will be made in the hockey world.


Sultan of Swat
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I personally believe the fighters should always remove their helmets before fighting, I know it's a major risk if someone falls and dies like Sanderson did, but it rarely happens.

I believe that a player as more chance breaking their hands when he punches a helmet then someone falling on the ice and get a concussion or die.

I doubt this rule will ever be in the NHL.


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i agree completely. theres always a risk of injury or death in any sport but just because it happens once doesnt mean we have to change rules to cope with it. if it was an ongoing problem with too many injuries to be ignored i could see it then, but not now.


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by telling players to keep helmets on for fights is going to contribute to hand injuries. resulting in the potential for several missed games as opposed to one for removing the helmet.

i hope the NHL dismisses this idea completely.


Son of Liberty
Well i'd even heard of the Junior B league that does this:

YouTube - Junior "B" Hockey Fight

I mean, the helmet coming off is just part of the fight. Thinkign back to all the fights Ive seen either live, recaps, or anywhere else on the ice, a helmet just ends up getting in the way and causing trouble if its left to flop around.


Registered Member
i just thought of this...what if the strap is holding tight, the helmet could be used to choke out who your fighting. hows that better?