QMJHL fighting ban has already seen major consequences

Published August 25, 2023 at 7:43 PM

The QMJHL, Quebec's biggest junior hockey competition took a major step this summer, becoming the first professional league to officially ban fighting on the ice.

One step forward, two steps back?


On the surface, banning fighting seems to be a smart move for the safety of the players, but unfortunately, hockey has worked much of the same way since its inception over 100 years ago.

In order to police dirty, underhanded tactics on the ice, fighting in hockey has been a way to intimidate players into not doing this, and unfortunately, the proof is now in effect.

A major incident

Unfortunately, during their pre-season, Rory Pilling, a rookie for the Cape Breton Eagles suffered a leg injury that will keep him out of action for the next 6-8 weeks.

Why is that related? Well his injury came as a result of overly physical, potentially dirty play, and without fighting, there's nothing to stop teams from doing this again, so the league is now already facing it's biggest challenge in some time.

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QMJHL fighting ban has already seen major consequences

Will fighting ever come back to the QMJHL?

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