The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League won't ban fighting outright for the 2008-09 season that commences Thursday, but will aim to crack down on brawling and other forms of "gratuitous violence," the league's president announced Wednesday.
The league will enforce 31 recommendations for stiffer penalties and suspensions for brawling that were put forth by a committee hired this spring to examine hockey violence.
"We won't accept anything that's not part of the game of hockey," QMJHL president Gilles Courteau said at a news conference. "We're working to change the culture of the game. We don't want to see any more bad situations in hockey."
The probe stemmed from a brutal on-ice attack by Quebec Remparts goaltender Jonathan Roy on Chicoutimi Sagueneens goalie Bobby Nadeau during the QMJHL playoffs last May.
Video of Roy beating on Nadeau, who did not fight back, was shown repeatedly on television newscasts across the country.
What's your view? Has the QMJHL done enough to curb fighting in its league?