Major Juniors in Action
There may be a lockout in the NHL but that doesn't mean there is no hockey.
Tyler Biggs, a first-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2011, made an instant impact with the Oshawa Generals - getting his first fighting major 7:33 into the second period of his first OHL game.
Despite the OHL introducing suspensions for any players getting into 10 or more fights in a season, London Knights' Russian defenceman Nikita Zadorov wasted no time getting his first two out of the way tangling with Erie's Johnny McGuire and Guelph's Ryan Horvat.
In the WHL, Keegan Lowe, taken by Carolina Hurricanes in the third round in 2011, starting the season with a Gordie Howe hat-trick for Edmonton Oil Kings against Kootenay Ice, dropping the gloves with Jeff Hubic in the second.
Portland Winterhawks winger Joe Mahon leads the league with three majors after getting into a pair of fights with Mitch Elliot in the home-and-home series with Seattle Thunderbirds and also throwing down with Taylor Green.
That Moncton-PEI game also saw tempers boil over late the game with a semi line-brawl.
And Saint John and Bathurst also saw multiple fights as a questionable hit from Alexandre Gosselin saw numerous players get involved.
Fight-related rules changes
The mainstream media has been all over the rules changes for the OHL and WHL. For those not in the know:
Some interesting reactions from the WHL about the OHL:
- WHL players pleased league didn't introduce anti-fighting rules similar to OHL
- Blazers weigh in on OHL fighting laws