For those unaware, following the tragic death of Don Sanderson of the Whitby Dunlops, the OHL imposed a new rule that any player who voluntarily removes his helmet or undoes the strap during a fight, would be assessed a game misconduct and automatic one game suspension.
Since then, fighting has become pointless and almost dangerous. There's no safe place for a player to land a punch, and they all try for uppercuts, which either cause major damage to the recipient or the aggressors hand on the visor. It's almost at the point where there's no point to fighting and the risk for hand injuries is too high. The league has seen the number of fights decline, at least from what I've seen. Mind you, the London-Brampton game had 3 in 2 minutes, but they mostly saw a bunch of grappling and wild haymakers landing on completely unexposed body.
I enjoy a good spirited tilt, involving two guys that are of equal abilities. I don't think anyone enjoys seeing a heavyweight or goon go after a small skilled player.
Do you think fighting will be a thing of the past?