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NHL general managers recommend misconduct penalty for staged fights

Tuesday, 03.10.2009 / 3:38 PM / News

The Canadian Press

NAPLES, Fla. - The NHL's general managers are hoping to cut down on staged fights.

The GMs would like to see a 10-minute misconduct penalty assessed to players who drop their gloves right after a faceoff.

Referees would also be able to hand out that penalty in other instances where they believe players have engaged in an appointment fight.

The league says that 21.6 per cent of fights this season have occurred immediately after a faceoff.

Another recommendation from the GMs is that the instigator rule be more strictly enforced, particularly when a player starts a fight after a teammate has been bodychecked legally.

The recommendations were revealed during the annual GM's meeting in Naples, Florida. They are subject to approval by the competition committee and board of governors.

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