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Proposal for Team USA to ban Fighting Next Year


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USA Hockey’s board of directors will consider a proposal next month to ban fighting from all levels of amateur hockey in the United States.
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Junior A hockey, for 16- to 20-year-olds, is the last remaining level of the game under USA Hockey’s jurisdiction that still tolerates fighting. The push to outlaw fighting is being spurred by a recent spate of serious injuries resulting from fights and concern over the prospect of lawsuits.
“We need to take a firm stand to preserve our sport, prevent catastrophic injury and avoid financial repercussions,” said Dr. Michael J. Stuart, the chief medical officer for USA Hockey, who has been a leader in the effort to ban fighting.
The new rule would punish all fighters with automatic ejection from the game, and instigators with an automatic two-game suspension. It would also give referees more latitude in making decisions to eject players.
The measure will be presented at the organization’s winter meetings Jan. 16-19 in Orlando, Fla. It could be voted on then or at USA Hockey’s annual congress in June. The rule could take effect as early as next season.




At a Mayo Clinic conference on concussions in hockey convened by Stuart in early October, the University of Ottawa researcher Blaine Hoshizaki presented new findings showing that a right or left hook to the head “delivered more than twice the rotational acceleration” of other kinds of blows common in hockey and is “the most effective way to give someone a concussion.”
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