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Proposal Would Eliminate Fighting in NAHL

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According to a recent report in the New York Times, the Board of Directors of USA Hockey, which oversees most amateur hockey leagues in the United States, will consider a proposal to ban fighting in top junior leagues.

Those include the top-level USHL, as well as the NAHL, home to the Wichita Falls Wildcats.

Under current rules, the penalty for fighting is the same as in the NHL, a 5 minute major to both players participating in the fight. Players are ejected if they fight a second time in the same game or if they fight in the last five minutes of regulation, or in overtime.

Under the new proposal, which will be considered next month, any fight will be grounds for an immediate ejection, with an automatic 2-game suspension if a players is determined to have instigated the fight.

This season the Wildcats lead the NAHL in fighting majors with 28 in 32 games.

Wildcat Stan Sojka leads the league individually with 6 fights.